verb (used without object), oc·curred, oc·cur·ring.
Origin of occur
Synonyms for occur
Related Words for reoccuredinverse, invert, lapse, recrudesce, recur, regress, relapse, resume, retrograde, retrogress, revert, iterate, persist, reappear, reiterate, repeat, return
verb -curs, -curring or -curred (intr)
Word Origin for occur
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.