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occur

[uh-kur] /əˈkɜr/
verb (used without object), occurred, occurring.
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
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin occurrere to run to meet, arrive, meet, equivalent to oc- oc- + currere to run
Related forms
preoccur, verb (used without object), preoccurred, preoccurring.
reoccur, verb (used without object), reoccurred, reoccurring.
unoccurring, adjective
Synonyms
1. befall. See happen. 2. arise, offer.
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  • The only further allusion to it occurs in Lady Barnard's will.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
  • There is some variety in mining bauxite, for it occurs in three forms.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • It occurs in each and all of the Germanic languages of the Gothic stock.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • This occurs most frequently in the case of Jewish names of German origin.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • As this also occurs in early autumn, I suppose it to be occasioned by the decay of some of the leaves.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
British Dictionary definitions for occurs

occur

/əˈkɜː/
verb (intransitive) -curs, -curring, -curred
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)
Usage note
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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin occurrere to run up to, from ob- to + currere to run
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Word Origin and History for occurs

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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