the action, fact, or instance of occurring.
something that happens; event; incident: We were delayed by several unexpected occurrences.
- oc·cur·rent, adjective
- pre·oc·cur·rence, noun
- re·oc·cur·rence, noun
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How to use occurrence in a sentence
Their inevitable divorce was messy, bitter, and packed with bizarre occurrences.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else | Allen Barra | October 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Refinery management had normalized the occurrences of hazardous conditions.
Botched executions are neither freak occurrences nor unfortunate accidents.Lethal Injection Leads to the Most Botched Executions | Austin Sarat, Robert Henry Weaver, Heather Richard | April 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Soon the town was flooded with Rwandans and foreigners eager to observe the supernatural occurrences.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide? | Nina Strochlic | April 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I heard that some strange occurrences went down while filming…is that true?Neve Campbell on ‘Mad Men,’ ‘90s Nostalgia, and Why the ‘Scream’ Movie Franchise is Over | Marlow Stern | April 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mr. D. Nasmith employed a clerk in finding the number of occurrences of the same word in three books.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
When I was a young man, of course such things were frequent occurrences; but manners are changed now.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
What events for importance are comparable to the occurrences connected with his sojourn on earth?The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
The disclosures thus made, immediately recalled certain similar occurrences in the same district during October/November 1952.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents | Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
This attitude of the scientific world toward these problematical occurrences is quite comprehensible.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for occurrence
something that occurs; a happening; event
the act or an instance of occurring: a crime of frequent occurrence
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