- 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.
Origin of recur
Examples from the Web for recurred
The crab complaint," he writes, "has recurred more than a dozen times in newspapers around the country.GOP Aims to Cut $40 Billion Out of Food Stamps to Foil Illusory ‘Cheaters’
September 5, 2013
It was then that she learned that the cancer had recurred in her bones.Elizabeth Edwards' Brave Message
December 7, 2010
Again he recurred to his early years, and talked fondly of his wife and children.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Something that Uncle Jasper had said recurred to him, something about iron dust.Way of the Lawless
These words gave me much food for thought, and recurred to me again and again.Rico and Wiseli
The thought of the letter which she had received during the day then recurred to him.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
A thought had crossed Ormond's mind which recurred at this instant.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- 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
Word Origin and History for recurred
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.
- To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.
- To return to one's attention or memory.