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[ri-kur-ing, -kuhr-] /rɪˈkɜr ɪŋ, -ˈkʌr-/
occurring or appearing again.
Origin of recurring
recur + -ing1
Related forms
recurringly, adverb
unrecurring, adjective


[ri-kur] /rɪˈkɜr/
verb (used without object), recurred, recurring.
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.
1610-20; earlier: to recede < Latin recurrere to run back, equivalent to re- re- + currere to run Unabridged
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  • Complex and improper fractions and recurring decimals are not allowed.

    Amusements in Mathematics Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • Ever since Mr. Thorold had mentioned it, up on the hill, the question had been recurring to me.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • The invention of epic poetry corresponds with a definite and, in the history of the world, often recurring state of society.

    The Epic Lascelles Abercrombie
  • I continually think of the word delightful in recurring to it and him.

    The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives Elizabeth Strong Worthington
  • Perhaps we may best explain this by recurring to the original application of the Socratic method to human affairs.

British Dictionary definitions for recurring


verb (intransitive) -curs, -curring, -curred
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
Derived Forms
recurring, adjective
recurringly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin recurrere, from re- + currere to run
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Word Origin and History for recurring

1711, present participle adjective from 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.

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recurring in Medicine

recur re·cur (rĭ-kûr')
v. re·curred, re·cur·ring, re·curs

  1. To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.

  2. To return to one's attention or memory.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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