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an auspicious occasion

A celebratory or momentous event, situation, or circumstance. (Note that the meaning of auspicious here is slightly altered from its standard definition of favorable or timely.) We would like to invite you to the auspicious occasion of the marriage of our son, Luke, to his bride-to-be, Sophia. It was an auspicious day in the city, as people poured onto the streets to celebrate the queen's ascent to the throne.
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equal to the occasion

Having the necessary ability, talent, qualities, or capability to handle or accomplish a given role or situation. The young soldier proved equal to the occasion and saved his platoon from an enemy ambush. We need a manager who can lead project initiatives and efficiently direct employees—do you think you're equal to the occasion?
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on occasion

Once in a while; occasionally. I don't really drink, but I do enjoy a nice glass of wine with a meal on occasion.
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rise to the occasion

To increase one's effort in response to a challenging situation. If you're going to lead this team, you've got to rise to the occasion and start motivating them. It was a tough act to follow, but the band rose to the occasion and played the best set of their career.
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have occasion to (do something)

To have a reason, requirement, or motivation for doing 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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a sense of occasion

A feeling of ceremony, fanfare, or pomp and circumstance (about a certain event or situation). She laid out the nice table cloth and dinner settings, lit candles, and had classical music playing to give the dinner a real sense of occasion. You don't have to hire a band and have fireworks, but I'd like some sense of occasion for my last day in the office.
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take the occasion (to do something)

To capitalize on or make practical and worthwhile use of a particular event, situation, happening, or opportunity in order to accomplish something. While I have everyone here, I just wanted to take the occasion to thank you all for your support on this journey—it's been truly humbling, from beginning to end. I know you're discouraged about having to look for a new job, but take the occasion to consider different areas of work that you might be interested in.
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leave something for another occasion

 and keep something for another occasion
to hold something back for later. (Occasion can be replaced with time, day, person, etc.) Please leave some cake for another day. Don't eat all the cheese. Leave some for another occasion. I have to leave some of my earnings for next month.
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on occasion

occasionally. I like to go to the movies on occasion. On occasion, Mary would walk her dog through the park.
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rise to the occasion

Fig. to meet the challenge of an event; to try extra hard to do a task. John was able to rise to the occasion and make the conference a success. It was a big challenge, but he rose to the occasion.
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on occasion

From time to time, now and then, as in Nell has been known to eat meat on occasion. This usage, first in the form of upon occasion, replaced by occasion about 1600.
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rise to the occasion

Show unexpected skill in dealing with a difficulty that arises, as in The leading man broke his leg in the first act but his understudy rose to the occasion and was rewarded with excellent reviews . [Mid-1800s]
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rise to the occasion

perform better than usual in response to a special situation or event.
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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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on ocˈcasion(s)

sometimes; not very often: I don’t smoke cigarettes but I like to smoke a cigar on occasion.
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rise to the ocˈcasion/ˈchallenge

do something successfully in a difficult situation, emergency, etc: When the lead singer became ill, Cathy had to take her place. Everyone thought she rose to the occasion magnificently.This company must be prepared to rise to the challenge of a rapidly changing market.
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a sense of ocˈcasion

a feeling or an understanding that an event is important or special: Candles on the table gave the evening a sense of occasion.
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on occasion

From time to time; now and then.
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rise to the occasion

To find the ability to deal with an unexpected challenge.
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take the occasion

To make use of the opportunity (to do something).
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References in classic literature ?
We shut our outer door on these solemn occasions, in order that we might not be interrupted.
In forgetfulness of himself, and delicate service to her on all occasions, he was never to fail; to begin it, he answered Mr Meagles cheerfully, 'I shall come, of course.
00 - Reception on the occasion of the Independence Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina - BiH Presidency
While speaking to a seminar at Bahria University on the topic of ' Naval economics, geo politics in Indian occasion and increasing threats for Pakistan' arranged by Institute of Strategic Studies of Islamabad(ISSI)on Thursday.
While speaking to a seminar at Bahria University on the topic of " Naval economics, geo politics in Indian occasion and increasing threats for Pakistan" arranged by Institute of Strategic Studies of Islamabad(ISSI)on Thursday.
ISLAMABAD -- An Iranian deaf artist group 'speaking hands' Wednesday enthralled audience here at National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) on the occasion of 39th anniversary of Islamic Revolution of Iran.
QNA Doha The Emir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani has received a cable of congratulations from Speaker of the Advisory (Shura) Council HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al Mahmoud on the occasion of Qatar National Day.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Nov 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished the countrymen ahead of the occasion of Id-e-Milad-Un-Nabi.
Flowers have their very own charm and exquisiteness and they add vibrancy to every occasion.
It's also important to realise the figures include every occasion on which a Taser was brought out - not just occasions when the Taser was discharged.
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Such access was provided upon the request of: the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine on 1 occasion; the General Prosecutor's office - on 3 occasions; the Security Service of Ukraine on 3 occasions; nthe National Police of Ukraine on 6 occasions.
RICK STONE is desperate for his Giants to show him they can perform on the big occasion - and they need to do it NOW
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani sent yesterday a cable of congratulations to president of the Republic of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Ceren on the occasion of his country's Independence Day.