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occur

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verb oc·cur \ə-ˈkər\

Simple Definition of occur

  • : to happen

  • : to appear or exist : to be found

Full Definition of occur

oc·curredoc·cur·ring play \-ˈkər-iŋ, -ˈkə-riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be found or met with :  appear

  3. 2 :  to come into existence :  happen

  4. 3 :  to come to mind <an idea that has occurred to me>

Examples of occur

  1. The event is scheduled to occur at noon tomorrow.

  2. No one was ready for what was about to occur.

  3. There's a chance that a similar event will occur in the future.

  4. The disease tends to occur in children under the age of five.

  5. The plant occurs naturally throughout South America.



Origin of occur

Latin occurrere, from ob- in the way + currere to run — more at ob-, car


First Known Use: 1534




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