- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for occur on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for occur
Eating disorders, on the other hand, are driven largely by biological processes that occur on the inside.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
But one extra trick would instantly solve the problem of crashes that occur over water.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014
December 29, 2014
They maintain that the initial radicalization tends to occur offline before it is then reinforced online.ISIS Has a Message. Do We?
December 8, 2014
We, on the other hand, on the police side, will naturally gear up to deal with any potential contingency that might occur.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?
December 3, 2014
Diagnosis of CTE is often considered to be specialized and has to occur at a designated institution like Boston University.Will the NCAA Let Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge Die in Vain?
December 1, 2014
It did not occur to him to question his fitness for the work.Within the Law
It did not occur to Joe that the white figure in the car was not Sidney.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Zegarra gives a useful vocabulary at the end of all the words which occur in the drama.Apu Ollantay
It never seemed to occur to her that any of her rulings might be questioned.In the Midst of Alarms
Just why this exception should occur is not explainable by any accepted rule.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
- 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 occur
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.