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occurrence

noun oc·cur·rence \ə-ˈkər-ən(t)s, -ˈkə-rən(t)s\

: something that happens

: the fact of happening or occurring

Full Definition of OCCURRENCE

1
:  something that occurs <a startling occurrence>
2
:  the action or instance of occurring <the repeated occurrence of petty theft in the locker room>

Examples of OCCURRENCE

  1. Getting headaches has become a common occurrence for her.
  2. the recent occurrences of the disease
  3. Lightning is a natural occurrence.

First Known Use of OCCURRENCE

1539

Synonym Discussion of OCCURRENCE

occurrence, event, incident, episode, circumstance mean something that happens or takes place. occurrence may apply to a happening without intent, volition, or plan <an encounter that was a chance occurrence>. event usually implies an occurrence of some importance and frequently one having antecedent cause <the events following the assassination>. incident suggests an occurrence of brief duration or secondary importance <a minor wartime incident>. episode stresses the distinctiveness or apartness of an incident <a brief romantic episode in a life devoted to work>. circumstance implies a specific detail attending an action or event as part of its setting or background <couldn't recall the exact circumstances>.
OCCURRENCE Defined for Kids

occurrence

noun oc·cur·rence \ə-ˈkər-əns\

Definition of OCCURRENCE for Kids

1
:  something that happens <Lightning is a natural occurrence.>
2
:  the action or process of happening <There's been a lower occurrence of the disease.>

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