From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Occasion \Oc*ca"sion\ ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
   Occasioned ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n.
   Occasioning.] [Cf. F. occasionner.]
   To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to
   occasion anxiety. --South.
   [1913 Webster]

         If we inquire what it is that occasions men to make
         several combinations of simple ideas into distinct
         modes.                                   --Locke.
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