- to occur again, as an event, experience, etc.
- to return to the mind: The idea kept recurring.
- to come up again for consideration, as a question.
- to have recourse.
Origin of recur
Examples from the Web for recur
Stephen Fry will recur as British Prime Minister Alastair Davies.Jack Bauer Is Back, Dammit! A Primer For ‘24: Live Another Day’
May 2, 2014
But he had undergone a major arm operation last season—the sort that, it is feared, could recur with overexertion.What NFL Could Learn From Washington Nationals About Treating Injured
October 15, 2012
“A psychotic episode could recur if he were released back into the community,” said the psychologist, Douglas Coggins.What Aurora Victims Might Face if James Holmes Pleaded Insane
August 1, 2012
Such situations will likely recur throughout much of the country in the general-election campaign.Is Super PACs’ Influence on the 2012 Presidential Election Overhyped?
February 16, 2012
I recur to it here as a plausible suggestion only, in connection with my theme.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
I trust that you will not be offended if I recur to the subject of the New House.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions may or rather must recur in successive lines.Cratylus
Mark my words, there will soon be a new phase or an old one will recur.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
It is most likely that the court will not recur to capital punishment again.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- to happen again, esp at regular intervals
- (of a thought, idea, etc) to come back to the mind
- (of a problem, etc) to come up again
- maths (of a digit or group of digits) to be repeated an infinite number of times at the end of a decimal fraction
Word Origin and History for recur
late 14c., "recover from illness or suffering;" mid-15c., "to return" (to a place), from Latin recurrere "to return, run back, hasten back," figuratively "revert, recur," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Originally of persons; application to thoughts, ideas, etc. is recorded from 1620s. Meaning "happen again" is from 1670s. Related: Recurred; recurring.
- To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.
- To return to one's attention or memory.