2. To succeed in dealing with a difficult situation.
3. To do what is needed at the time.
4. To get a boner
ex. 1. 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.
ex. 2. t's not easy to play your first match in front of a crowd that size but he certainly rose to the occasion.
ex. 3. When a crisis hits, will you rise to the occasion? She needed some help, so I rose to the occasion and volunteered my services.
ex. 4. He saw her breasts and then he rose to the occasion.