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 Decrease the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the syrup thickens slightly, 5 to 7 minutes. Leah Koenig, Washington Post, "Start Rosh Hashanah on a sweet note with tishpishti, an orange-scented semolina cake," 11 Sep. 2020 Add remaining thyme, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 8 to 12 min. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy," 8 Sep. 2020 Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Pine Nut Gremolata," 7 Sep. 2020 Continue to cook over high heat for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pork is cooked through but still slightly pink in the middle. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Ina Garten’s Pork Souvlaki with Radish Tzatziki," 2 Sep. 2020 Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened to a jam-like consistency, about 1 hour. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "A Kentucky Derby like no other. Here are some fall-inspired twists on classic Derby dishes," 1 Sep. 2020 Return pan to heat over medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has reduced by half, 12 to 15 minutes. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Fields' Bread Pudding with Caramel-Rum Sauce," 27 Aug. 2020 Add tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper, and stir to combine and cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes have started to break down and have released their juices, about 5 to 8 minutes. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "A summery gratin starts with tomatoes," 26 Aug. 2020 Add the tomatoes and salt to taste; cook, stirring occasionally, until the flesh has softened but still has some shape and the juices have begun to form a sauce, 2 to 3 minutes. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Avoid the oven! Here are five recipes to make this week.," 27 July 2020

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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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16 Sep 2020

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“Occasionally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occasionally. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of occasionally

: sometimes but not often

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