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/ əˈkɜr /
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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: Modest amounts of fructose occur naturally in fruits and vegetables.
to suggest itself in thought; come to mind (usually followed by to): An idea occurred to me.
OTHER WORDS FOR occur
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Origin of occur
First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin occurrere “to run to meet, arrive, meet,” equivalent to oc- oc- + currere “to run”
synonym study for occur
1. See happen.
OTHER WORDS FROM occurpre·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 occur
/ (əˈkɜː) /
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 for occur
C16: from Latin occurrere to run up to, from ob- to + currere to run
usage for occur
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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