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recur

[ri-kur]
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verb (used without object), re·curred, re·cur·ring.
  1. to occur again, as an event, experience, etc.
  2. to return to the mind: The idea kept recurring.
  3. to come up again for consideration, as a question.
  4. to have recourse.

Origin of recur

1610–20; earlier: to recede < Latin recurrere to run back, equivalent to re- re- + currere to run
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  • Again he recurred to his early years, and talked fondly of his wife and children.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Something that Uncle Jasper had said recurred to him, something about iron dust.

  • These words gave me much food for thought, and recurred to me again and again.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • The thought of the letter which she had received during the day then recurred to him.

  • A thought had crossed Ormond's mind which recurred at this instant.


British Dictionary definitions for recurred

recur

verb -curs, -curring or -curred (intr)
  1. to happen again, esp at regular intervals
  2. (of a thought, idea, etc) to come back to the mind
  3. (of a problem, etc) to come up again
  4. maths (of a digit or group of digits) to be repeated an infinite number of times at the end of a decimal fraction
Derived Formsrecurring, adjectiverecurringly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin recurrere, from re- + currere to run
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for recurred

recur

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

recurred in Medicine

recur

([object Object])
v.
  1. To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.
  2. To return to one's attention or memory.
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