- to happen; take place; come to pass: When did the accident occur?
- to be met with or found; present itself; appear.
- to suggest itself in thought; come to mind (usually followed by to): An idea occurred to me.
Origin of occur
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Examples from the Web for occurring
Unfortunately, the issue is almost completely ignored in the U.S., even though it is occurring here as well.The West’s Female-Genital Mutilation Wake-Up Call
October 20, 2014
Either way, this is a conversation that is occurring not just at the penthouse level, but among the grassroots as well.Rand Paul, Chris Christie Laid Out Plans for Black Voters at Penthouse Forum
October 17, 2014
Some of the areas are quite remote, where this is occurring.Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter
September 26, 2014
Two 20th-century phenomena, occurring in quick succession, are the culprits.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
None of us could look at the pro athletes of the past decades and not know something very strange was occurring.Are Athletes Using Your Tax Dollars to Juice?
May 2, 2014
Instances are occurring every day in confirmation of what I here advance.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
The observation is suggested to me by what is now occurring.The Republic
Executions were very often occurring, for people were hanged for trifling offences.Bygone Punishments
Don't you know that that kind of thing is occurring every day?Is He Popenjoy?
Endemic: occurring normally where found: native, not introduced.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- to happen; take place; come about
- to be found or be present; exist
- (foll by to) to be realized or thought of (by); suggest itself (to)
Word Origin and History for occurring
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.