- 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 reoccurring
The “wonderful dialogue” is a reoccurring reference for West, who is constantly identifying famous people he has met.Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline
October 23, 2014
Now come difficult negotiations aimed at preventing the crisis from reoccurring.Peace After the Arab Spring: Will the Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Last?
November 21, 2012
The drowning hero is a reoccurring motif in the Bourne movies.Is ‘Skyfall’ the Best (and Gayest) James Bond Movie Yet?
Ramin Setoodeh, Marlow Stern
November 9, 2012
This is a reoccurring dream of mine, sir, all the time, what if I had told someone about it.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- 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 reoccurring
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.