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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Examples of occasionally in a Sentence

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

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Think Dawson's Creek, if occasionally Dawson had to fight off alien invaders hell-bent on ruining his life. Seventeen, "The 20 Greatest TV Teen Dramas of All Time," 4 Dec. 2018 At a time when New York pollution was so thick, residents occasionally had trouble seeing the city’s bridges, the case for public transit was literally in the air. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018 Large groupings of windows are common, and occasionally there are picturesque floating bay windows called oriel windows on the first or second story. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason You Don't See Many Tudor-Style Homes These Days," 1 Nov. 2018 Grill, turning occasionally, until charred and just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Marinated Mushroom-and-Charred Broccolini Salad," 31 Oct. 2018 Season pork with 2 teaspoons salt and 2 tablespoons five-spice powder and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes; transfer to bowl and discard all but 2 tablespoons fat. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Maple-Glazed Five-Spice Pork," 9 Oct. 2018 Grill sausages, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and heated through, 10 to 12 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs," 16 Aug. 2018 Adam seems to tend to his phone and occasionally saunters backstage (with his device in hand). Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "'The Voice' Behind-the-Scenes Secrets That No One Ever Knew," 15 Dec. 2018 Although streaming services will occasionally opt to roll out shows week by week, Amazon made all of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's second season available from the jump. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Here's How to Watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 6 Dec. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of occasionally

: sometimes but not often

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marked by shyness and lack of polish

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