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.

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 Most of us occasionally have to buy from stores that don't align with our values in order to meet our needs and our budgets. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 At his recent sentencing, Snyder faced the judge, occasionally turning to the audience in the courtroom and thanked his family, friends, church members, staff and lawyers for their support. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, 1 Nov. 2021 Add apples, cut side down, turning occasionally, until apples are golden brown, 5-8 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 1 Nov. 2021 Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, turning occasionally, or for up to 3 days. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Oct. 2021 First violins sometimes suffered from intonation and coordination problems, though, and winds occasionally had difficulty sounding chords together in the third movement. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 Over the years, Mercedes would occasionally have to deal with security concerns. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2021 Add beef and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Dawn Perry, Country Living, 17 Sep. 2021 Fry, occasionally turning the wings with a spider to promote even cooking, and adjusting the heat as needed so that the oil doesn’t drop below 325 degrees, until the wings are cooked through and have started to get crispy, about 12 minutes. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 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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16 Nov 2021

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“Occasionally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occasionally. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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: sometimes but not often

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