oc·​ca·​sion·​al·​ly | \ə-ˈkāzh-nə-lē, -ˈkā-zhə-nᵊl-ē\

Definition of occasionally 

: on occasion : now and then dines out occasionally We occasionally see deer in the field.

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Occasionally, things don't go as planned. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

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Let sit, tossing occasionally, at least 10 minutes and up to 1 hour. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Marinated Mushroom-and-Charred Broccolini Salad," 31 Oct. 2018 In the past, Kate Middleton has occasionally taken on the role of family photographer for her and Prince William's brood, providing Kensington Palace with some adorable images of the royal children. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Just Posted Her First Royal Tweet," 27 Oct. 2018 The slow, high-flying aircraft flew for up to nine hours at a time, with a single pilot guiding the plane, taking pictures of the ground below, and occasionally dodging surface-to-air missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The CIA Gave U-2 Pilots a Special Diet So They Wouldn't Have To Poop," 18 Oct. 2018 Add leeks, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until edges are golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Potato-Leek Soup," 20 Aug. 2018 Anthracnose refers to a group of fungal diseases that cause discolored spots on leaves and, occasionally, on other parts of the tree. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Fungal diseases may be cause of brown spots on tree leaves," 26 June 2018 His shot selection and occasionally wild play is also a concern. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Which Players Without Agents Helped or Hurt Their Stock During the NBA Draft Combine?," 18 May 2018 To his left his 44-year-old daughter, Maryam, occasionally adjusted her white veil. The Economist, "Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, and jail," 14 July 2018 Since then, the tomb’s doors have been opened only occasionally for small groups of tourists who pay £1,000 Egyptian pounds per person (around $56 USD) for the privilege of access, according to Jarus. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb," 12 July 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: sometimes but not often

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