have occasion to (do something)

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have occasion to (do something)

To have a reason, requirement, or motivation to do something. Now that I work closer to home, I don't have occasion to go to that side of town very often.
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have occasion to do something

(formal) have a reason or need to do something: If you ever have occasion to visit Zurich, you will always be welcome to stay with us.
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References in classic literature ?
He was summoned to prescribe for a person whom I have had occasion to present to you in these pages-- our second housemaid, Rosanna Spearman.
As I have had occasion to remark in several other instances, the indistinctness of the objection forbids a precise answer.
One morning a few years back, I had occasion to call a neighboring parish, the name of which is All Souls.
Fortunately, the Supreme Court recently had occasion to do so with the issue in its June 1996 decision in Denver Area Educational Television Communications v.