[ri-kur-ing, -kuhr-]


occurring or appearing again.

Nearby words

  1. recurrent fever,
  2. recurrent herpetic stomatitis,
  3. recurrent laryngeal nerve,
  4. recurrent ulcerative stomatitis,
  5. recurrently,
  6. recurring decimal,
  7. recurring digital fibroma of childhood,
  8. recursion,
  9. recursion formula,
  10. recursive

Origin of recurring

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



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.

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recurring


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 recurring
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Medicine definitions for recurring




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

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