oc·​ca·​sion·​al·​ly | \ ə-ˈkāzh-nə-lē How to pronounce occasionally (audio) , -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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Examples of occasionally in a Sentence

Occasionally, things don't go as planned. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
Recent Examples on the Web When ready to assemble bowls, heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add chicken, stirring occasionally, and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chicken Satay Bowls are a one-stop Asian dish loaded with vitamins and minerals," 27 Mar. 2021 Cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are very tender and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Look to leeks for a meatless brunch option," 24 Mar. 2021 Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms have released their moisture, about 3 minutes. BostonGlobe.com, "Make-ahead recipes for Easter brunch," 24 Mar. 2021 Add the bacon and cook until crispy, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Washington Post, "Bacon and breadcrumbs give this pantry-friendly pasta a delightful crunch," 23 Mar. 2021 Roast, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and lightly golden, 20 to 35 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "All hail the mighty potato! No, really," 23 Mar. 2021 Cover the Dutch oven and place in the oven for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. New York Times, "A Lamb Tagine, Sweetened With Dates, for the First Days of Spring," 22 Mar. 2021 Add pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Whitney Otawka, Country Living, "Zipper Peas with Peaches and Burrata," 17 Mar. 2021 And occasionally, April turns out to be wet as well. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego will have to hope for a ‘March Miracle’ to make up for lack of rain," 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of occasionally

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for occasionally

Middle English occasionaly "on a particular occasion, sometimes," from occasyonal occasional + -ly -ly entry 2

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The first known use of occasionally was in the 15th century

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2 Apr 2021

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“Occasionally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occasionally. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of occasionally

: sometimes but not often

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