[ri-kur-ing, -kuhr-]
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Origin of recurring

Related formsre·cur·ring·ly, adverbun·re·cur·ring, adjective


verb (used without object), re·curred, re·cur·ring.
  1. to occur again, as an event, experience, etc.
  2. to return to the mind: The idea kept recurring.
  3. to come up again for consideration, as a question.
  4. to have recourse.

Origin of recur

1610–20; earlier: to recede < Latin recurrere to run back, equivalent to re- re- + currere to run Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for recurring

reappear, persist, reiterate, repeat, return, revert, recrudesce, iterate

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Contemporary Examples of recurring

Historical Examples of recurring

  • One might edge a wall-paper or fringe a robe with a recurring decimal.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • This recurring interest in women was a symptom of the 168 disease he had not yet shaken off.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • But he seems to have supposed that the course of events was recurring rather than progressive.



  • And so on, over and over, with the one recurring burden—what was the captain going to do?

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I can say that not an hour passes without my mind's recurring to my plan.

British Dictionary definitions for recurring


verb -curs, -curring or -curred (intr)
  1. to happen again, esp at regular intervals
  2. (of a thought, idea, etc) to come back to the mind
  3. (of a problem, etc) to come up again
  4. 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for recurring

1711, present participle adjective from recur.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

recurring in Medicine


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