verb (used without object), oc·curred, oc·cur·ring.
Origin of occur
Examples from the Web for occurred
We can construct excuses based on the evil that occurred September 11th.
The most violent offense committed by Wahlberg occurred on the night of April 8, 1988.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet|Marlow Stern|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As I talked with her, it occurred to me that my election was about much more than me.During Advent, Lots of Waiting, But Not Enough Hope|Gene Robinson|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It took me a few days but I eventually told him what had occurred.
Tellingly, but not coincidentally, the greatest expansion of Medicaid has occurred in Deep Blue America.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again|Lloyd Green|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ayrton was then made acquainted with the facts which had occurred during his seclusion.The Secret of the Island|W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
A thought had occurred to him and so it belonged to her also.War and Peace|Leo Tolstoy
In conservative Cyprus there was not that break with the past which occurred in other portions of the Greek world.
It occurred to him presently that he could steer as well as propel his float with his feet.The Border Watch|Joseph A. Altsheler
His intimate friend, who came with him, had the good fortune to be close to Bertha, and had witnessed all that had occurred.Materialized Apparitions|Edward Augustus Brackett
British Dictionary definitions for occurred
verb -curs, -curring or -curred (intr)
Word Origin for occur
Word Origin and History for occurred
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.