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verb (used without object), oc·curred, oc·cur·ring.
  1. to happen; take place; come to pass: When did the accident occur?
  2. to be met with or found; present itself; appear.
  3. to suggest itself in thought; come to mind (usually followed by to): An idea occurred to me.
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Origin of occur

1520–30; < Latin occurrere to run to meet, arrive, meet, equivalent to oc- oc- + currere to run
Related formspre·oc·cur, verb (used without object), pre·oc·curred, pre·oc·cur·ring.re·oc·cur, verb (used without object), re·oc·curred, re·oc·cur·ring.un·oc·cur·ring, adjective

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1. befall. See happen. 2. arise, offer.
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Related Words for reoccur

inverse, invert, lapse, recrudesce, recur, regress, relapse, resume, retrograde, retrogress, revert, iterate, persist, reappear, reiterate, repeat, return

Examples from the Web for reoccur

Historical Examples of reoccur

  • Also about this, Peganum and Salvia reoccur, both kinds not being uncommon about Bamean.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and The

    William Griffith

  • Tainting its title the sinister name of Moebus seemed to reoccur persistently in his confused imagination.

    The Danger Mark

    Robert W. Chambers

  • It is singular, however, that this form should reoccur at higher elevations in the Neotropical Region.

British Dictionary definitions for reoccur


verb -curs, -curring or -curred (intr)
  1. to happen, take place, or come about again
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Derived Formsreoccurrence, noun


verb -curs, -curring or -curred (intr)
  1. to happen; take place; come about
  2. to be found or be present; exist
  3. (foll by to) to be realized or thought of (by); suggest itself (to)
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Word Origin for occur

C16: from Latin occurrere to run up to, from ob- to + currere to run


It is usually regarded as incorrect to talk of pre-arranged events occurring or happening : the wedding took place (not occurred or happened) in the afternoon
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Word Origin and History for reoccur


also re-occur, 1803; see re- + occur. Related: Reoccurred; reoccurring.

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1520s, "meet, meet in argument," from Middle French occurrer "happen unexpectedly" or directly from Latin occurrere "run to meet, run against, befall, present itself," from ob "against, toward" (see ob-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense development is from "meet" to "present itself" to "appear" to "happen" ("present itself in the course of events"). Meaning "to come into one's mind" is from 1620s. Related: Occurred; occurring.

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