- occurring or appearing again.
Origin of recurring
- 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 recurring
Her chops landed her several TV gigs, including a recurring role as an NBC page on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career
December 15, 2014
In 2007, trans actress Candis Cayne became the first out trans actress to have a recurring role on a primetime network TV show.Laverne Cox, Emmy Trailblazer
July 10, 2014
Mindless bureaucratic cruelty is a recurring theme of observers of the modern state.Government Has Made America Inept
Philip K. Howard
May 4, 2014
Almost every episode of the recurring site feature “Strong Bad Emails” offered users clickable keywords that unlocked something.Homestar Runner, Trogdor the Burninator, and the Birth of the Internet
April 22, 2014
Its recurring phrase is now the deadening, argument-stifling “As a mom,” cited frequently by Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd.Don’t Remember Barbara Walters for ‘The View’
April 8, 2014
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.Timaeus
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.
- 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 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.
- To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.
- To return to one's attention or memory.