occur

[ uh-kur ]
/ əˈkɜr /

verb (used without object), oc·curred, oc·cur·ring.

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

1520–30; < Latin occurrere to run to meet, arrive, meet, equivalent to oc- oc- + currere to run

SYNONYMS FOR occur

1 befall. See happen.
2 arise, offer.

OTHER WORDS FROM occur

pre·oc·cur, verb (used without object), pre·oc·curred, pre·oc·cur·ring.re·oc·cur, verb (used without object), re·oc·curred, re·oc·cur·ring.un·oc·cur·ring, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for occurred

occur
/ (əˈkɜː) /

verb -curs, -curring or -curred (intr)

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 for occur

C16: from Latin occurrere to run up to, from ob- to + currere to run

usage for occur

It is usually regarded as incorrect to talk of pre-arranged events occurring or happening : the wedding took place (not occurred or happened) in the afternoon
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