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1. To meet the challenge of an event; to try extra hard to do a task.

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.
by The Ultimately One and Only September 25, 2010