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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-key-zhuh-nl]
    • /əˈkeɪ ʒə nl/
    • /əˈkeɪ.ʒən.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-key-zhuh-nl]
    • /əˈkeɪ ʒə nl/

Definitions of occasional word

  • adjective occasional occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals; occurring now and then: an occasional headache. 1
  • adjective occasional intended for supplementary use when needed: an occasional chair. 1
  • adjective occasional pertaining to, arising out of, or intended for the occasion: occasional verses. 1
  • adjective occasional acting or serving for the occasion or only on particular occasions. 1
  • adjective occasional serving as the occasion or incidental cause. 1
  • noun occasional Occurring, appearing, or done infrequently and irregularly. 1

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Origin of occasional

First appearance:

before 1560
One of the 32% oldest English words
First recorded in 1560-70; occasion + -al1

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Parts of speech for Occasional


occasional popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

occasional usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for occasional

adjective occasional

  • infrequent — happening or occurring at long intervals or rarely: infrequent visits.
  • chance — If there is a chance of something happening, it is possible that it will happen.
  • irregular — without symmetry, even shape, formal arrangement, etc.: an irregular pattern.
  • sporadic — (of similar things or occurrences) appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional: sporadic renewals of enthusiasm.
  • rare — Réseaux Associés pour la Recherche Européenne

adverb occasional

  • sometime — at some indefinite or indeterminate point of time: He will arrive sometime next week.

Antonyms for occasional

adjective occasional

  • regular — usual; normal; customary: to put something in its regular place.
  • common — If something is common, it is found in large numbers or it happens often.
  • frequent — happening or occurring at short intervals: to make frequent trips to Tokyo.
  • ordinary — of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional: One novel is brilliant, the other is decidedly ordinary; an ordinary person.
  • usual — habitual or customary: her usual skill.

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