recur

[ ri-kur ]
/ rɪˈkɜr /

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

to occur again, as an event, experience, etc.
to return to the mind: The idea kept recurring.
to come up again for consideration, as a question.
to have recourse.

Nearby words

  1. recuperate,
  2. recuperation,
  3. recuperative,
  4. recuperative furnace,
  5. recuperator,
  6. recurrence,
  7. recurrence risk,
  8. recurrent,
  9. recurrent aphthous ulcers,
  10. recurrent artery

Origin of recur

1610–20; earlier: to recede < Latin recurrere to run back, equivalent to re- re- + currere to run

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British Dictionary definitions for recur

recur

/ (rɪˈkɜː) /

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

to happen again, esp at regular intervals
(of a thought, idea, etc) to come back to the mind
(of a problem, etc) to come up again
maths (of a digit or group of digits) to be repeated an infinite number of times at the end of a decimal fraction
Derived Formsrecurring, adjectiverecurringly, adverb

Word Origin for recur

C15: from Latin recurrere, from re- + currere to run

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Word Origin and History for recur

recur

v.

late 14c., "recover from illness or suffering;" mid-15c., "to return" (to a place), from Latin recurrere "to return, run back, hasten back," figuratively "revert, recur," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Originally of persons; application to thoughts, ideas, etc. is recorded from 1620s. Meaning "happen again" is from 1670s. Related: Recurred; recurring.

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Medicine definitions for recur

recur

[ rĭ-kûr ]

v.

To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.
To return to one's attention or memory.

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