Occasional

  • 1Occasional — Oc*ca sion*al ([o^]k*k[=a] zh[u^]n*al), a. [Cf. F. occasionnel.] 1. Occuring at times, but not constant, regular, or systematic; made or happening as opportunity requires or admits; casual; incidental; as, occasional remarks, or efforts. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2occasional — [ə kā′zhə nəl, ōkā′zhə nəl] adj. 1. occurring on a particular occasion 2. of or for a special occasion [occasional verse] 3. acting only on special occasions 4. of irregular occurrence; happening now and then; infrequent 5. designating chairs,… …

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  • 3occasional — ► ADJECTIVE 1) occurring infrequently or irregularly. 2) produced on or intended for particular occasions: occasional verse. DERIVATIVES occasionally adverb …

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  • 4occasional — index casual, infrequent, intermittent, periodic, sporadic, uncommon, unusual Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

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  • 5occasional — (adj.) late 14c., occurring now and then, from OCCASION (Cf. occasion) (n.) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Meaning casual is 1560s. Meaning happening on or pertaining to a particular occasion is from 1630s. Of furniture, etc., from 1749 …

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  • 6occasional — infrequent, uncommon, scarce, rare, sporadic Analogous words: casual, desultory, *random: incidental, *accidental Antonyms: customary Contrasted words: *usual, habitual, accustomed, wonted: constant, *continual, continuous …

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  • 7occasional — [adj] irregular, sporadic casual, desultory, especial, exceptional, exclusive, few, incidental, infrequent, intermittent, not habitual, odd, off and on*, particular, random, rare, scarce, seldom,special, specific, uncommon, unfrequent, unusual;… …

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  • 8occasional — adjective Date: circa 1631 1. a. of or relating to a particular occasion < a budget able to meet occasional demands as well as regular ones > b. created for a particular occasion < occasional verse > 2. acting as the occasion or contributing&#8230; …

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  • 9occasional */*/ — UK [əˈkeɪʒ(ə)nəl] / US [əˈkeɪʒən(ə)l] adjective [usually before noun] 1) happening sometimes, but not frequently or regularly Chocolate is best kept as an occasional treat. Joe s a solid player with occasional flashes of brilliance. occasional&#8230; …

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  • 10occasional — /əˈkeɪʒənəl / (say uh kayzhuhnuhl) adjective 1. occurring or appearing from time to time, not at regular intervals: an occasional visitor. 2. a. created for a particular occasion: an occasional verse. b. designed for use at some great occasion of …

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  • 11occasional — oc|ca|sion|al W3S3 [əˈkeıʒənəl] adj [only before noun] happening sometimes but not often or regularly ▪ He made occasional visits to London. ▪ They had an occasional coffee together after shopping. ▪ He only has occasional use of a car. ▪ We&#8230; …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12occasional — oc|ca|sion|al [ ə keıʒənl ] adjective usually before noun ** happening sometimes, but not frequently or regularly: occasional visit/trip/excursion: He made occasional visits to London. Chocolate is best kept as an occasional treat. Joe s a solid&#8230; …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13occasional — occasionalness, occasionality, n. /euh kay zheuh nl/, adj. 1. occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals; occurring now and then: an occasional headache. 2. intended for supplementary use when needed: an occasional chair. 3.&#8230; …

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  • 14occasional — [[t]əke͟ɪʒən(ə)l[/t]] ♦♦♦ ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Occasional means happening sometimes, but not regularly or often. I ve had occasional mild headaches all my life... Esther used to visit him for the occasional days and weekends. Derived words:&#8230; …

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  • 15occasional — adjective 1 happening sometimes but not often: Expect occasional showers today. | He smokes an occasional cigar. 2 formal written or intended for a special occasion: occasional poems …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16occasional — oc•ca•sion•al [[t]əˈkeɪ ʒə nl[/t]] adj. 1) occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals: an occasional headache[/ex] 2) fur intended for supplementary use when needed: an occasional chair[/ex] 3) pertaining to, arising out of, or&#8230; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17occasional*/ — [əˈkeɪʒ(ə)nəl] adj happening sometimes, but not frequently or regularly Chocolate is best kept as an occasional treat.[/ex] He made occasional visits to London.[/ex] …

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  • 18occasional — adj. 1 happening irregularly and infrequently. 2 made or meant for, or associated with, a special occasion. 3 acting on a special occasion. Phrases and idioms: occasional cause a secondary cause; an occasion (see OCCASION n. 4). occasional table&#8230; …

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  • 19occasional — adj. Occasional is used with these nouns: ↑appearance, ↑article, ↑bout, ↑breather, ↑burst, ↑contributor, ↑cough, ↑dip, ↑exception, ↑flash, ↑glimpse, ↑guest …

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  • 20occasional — adjective 1》 occurring infrequently or irregularly. 2》 produced on or intended for particular occasions: occasional verse. Derivatives occasionality noun occasionally adverb …

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