[ ri-kur ]
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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.

  1. to come up again for consideration, as a question.

  2. 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. 2023

How to use recur in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for recur


/ (rɪˈkɜː) /

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

  1. (of a problem, etc) to come up again

  2. maths (of a digit or group of digits) to be repeated an infinite number of times at the end of a decimal fraction

Origin of recur

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

Derived forms of recur

  • recurring, adjective
  • recurringly, adverb

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