- 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 occurs
It occurs to me that Mount must assume that Hitchcock has read it--after all, it came from him.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The opposite phenomenon also occurs: neglected writers who ascend to prominence only posthumously.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Especially with something this big, you have the natural process that kind of occurs with everybody.'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Doesn't Want to Be a Jerk Anymore
August 11, 2014
As occurs in every economic transition some benefited some at the expense of others.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
And, typing that, it occurs to me how rarely we hear modern Americans use the word happy without an odor of irony.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
Not infrequently it occurs that a person who has paid to get in pays twice as much to get out.The Devil's Dictionary
After much hesitation, it occurs to him that there may be a face in it somewhere.The Uncommercial Traveller
About this time it occurs to the stage manager that the play might as well end.
I was foolish never to think of that possibility, it occurs so often.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
The “bamboo basket” is a Moses motive which occurs in other Chinese fairy-tales.The Chinese Fairy Book
- 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 occurs
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.