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occur

[uh-kur]
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verb (used without object), oc·curred, oc·cur·ring.
  1. to happen; take place; come to pass: When did the accident occur?
  2. to be met with or found; present itself; appear.
  3. to suggest itself in thought; come to mind (usually followed by to): An idea occurred to me.

Origin of occur

1520–30; < Latin occurrere to run to meet, arrive, meet, equivalent to oc- oc- + currere to run
Related formspre·oc·cur, verb (used without object), pre·oc·curred, pre·oc·cur·ring.re·oc·cur, verb (used without object), re·oc·curred, re·oc·cur·ring.un·oc·cur·ring, adjective

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1. befall. See happen. 2. arise, offer.
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Examples from the Web for occur

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  • It did not occur to him to question his fitness for the work.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It did not occur to Joe that the white figure in the car was not Sidney.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Zegarra gives a useful vocabulary at the end of all the words which occur in the drama.

    Apu Ollantay

    Anonymous

  • It never seemed to occur to her that any of her rulings might be questioned.

  • Just why this exception should occur is not explainable by any accepted rule.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell


British Dictionary definitions for occur

occur

verb -curs, -curring or -curred (intr)
  1. to happen; take place; come about
  2. to be found or be present; exist
  3. (foll by to) to be realized or thought of (by); suggest itself (to)

Word Origin

C16: from Latin occurrere to run up to, from ob- to + currere to run

usage

It is usually regarded as incorrect to talk of pre-arranged events occurring or happening : the wedding took place (not occurred or happened) in the afternoon
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Word Origin and History for occur

v.

1520s, "meet, meet in argument," from Middle French occurrer "happen unexpectedly" or directly from Latin occurrere "run to meet, run against, befall, present itself," from ob "against, toward" (see ob-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense development is from "meet" to "present itself" to "appear" to "happen" ("present itself in the course of events"). Meaning "to come into one's mind" is from 1620s. Related: Occurred; occurring.

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