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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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A SUCCESSFUL Man of Business, having occasion to write to a Thief, expressed a wish to see him and shake hands.
He had been at his loom full half an hour, thinking about this old woman, when, having occasion to move round the loom for its adjustment, he glanced through a window which was in his corner, and saw her still looking up at the pile of building, lost in admiration.
Gilbert having occasion to go in the evening to the fishing cove, Anne drove with him to the Point, intending to stay awhile with Captain Jim.
De Wardes, at the sound of Raoul's voice, which he recognized without having occasion to look at him, half drew his sword.
She could not think of much else on the 29th of September; and she had this sympathetic touch in the evening from Mary, who, on having occasion to note down the day of the month, exclaimed, "Dear me, is not this the day the Crofts were to come to Kellynch?
He had arranged to stop at Frizinghall that night, having occasion to consult his father on business.
Then he thought it was time to make the last trial, and he put the phial to the purple lips of Faria, and without having occasion to force open his jaws, which had remained extended, he poured the whole of the liquid down his throat.
She sends me the name and address of this person--a copy of which you will find on the inclosed slip of paper--in the event of my having occasion to write to her, before she is settled in London.
Before an hour had elapsed since the ship had begun to move, having occasion to ask the mate (he stood by my side) to take a compass bearing of the pagoda, I caught myself reaching up to his ear in whispers.
In fact I recently bought three pairs for a pound each from a catalogue shop, one pair in see-through plastic that I cannot imagine ever having occasion to wear.
I remember once having occasion to move a magazine from New York to Cleveland and being asked by my New York-based editorial predecessor, a year later, how I liked Cleveland.
MacKay and his team have largely managed to escape the problems caused by this winter's rain, even having occasion to take in a troupe of London golfers from The Belfry when they were unable to play on any of the Forest neighbour's courses.