oc·​ca·​sion·​al·​ly ə-ˈkā-zh(ə-)nə-lē How to pronounce occasionally (audio)
: on occasion : now and then
dines out occasionally
We occasionally see deer in the field.

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 Some parts of the state have been without power for several days as temperatures overnight occasionally dropped into the low 30s. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 The show’s language is contemporary but proceeds in a series of casual couplets, a device that can occasionally be distracting. Missy Frederick, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2024 In both home office and telecommuting, the employer often expects occasional presence in the company office, such as attending meetings or occasionally working from there. Leonard Martin Schmedding, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 There’s charm in the idea of a hippo for the first time contemplating how a body of water can have no middle or edges, even if less of the occasionally windy narration might be more. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 A number of us scrolled through iPhones with our index fingers or exchanged small talk, occasionally slipping into English by accident. Jamil Jan Kochai, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 The best chance for moderate to occasionally heavy rain is probably late in the day into the night as a low-pressure area approaches from the south and west. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 The report, while occasionally mentioning studies, does not list them by name or include footnotes so the study can be cross-referenced. Romy Ellenbogen, Miami Herald, 10 Feb. 2024 The Panthers occasionally lined Peppers up at wide receiver early in his career near the goal line. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Occasionally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occasionally. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


oc·​ca·​sion·​al·​ly -ē How to pronounce occasionally (audio)
: from time to time
occasionally goes to the movies

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