Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for occur on Thesaurus.com verb (used without object), oc·curred, oc·cur·ring. to happen; take place; come to pass: When did the accident occur? to be met with or found; present itself; appear. to suggest itself in thought; come to mind (usually followed by to): An idea occurred to me. Origin of occur 1520–30;
to run to meet, arrive, meet, equivalent to
Related forms pre·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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British Dictionary definitions for reoccured verb -curs, -curring or -curred (intr) to happen; take place; come about to be found or be present; exist ( foll by to) to be realized or thought of (by); suggest itself (to) Word Origin
C16: from Latin
occurrere to run up to, from ob- to + currere to run usage
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 reoccured occur v.
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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