Simple Definition of recur
: to happen or appear again : to occur again
Full Definition of recur
1 : to have recourse : resort
2 : to go back in thought or discourse <on recurring to my letters of that date — Thomas Jefferson>
3 a : to come up again for consideration b : to come again to mind
4 : to occur again after an interval : occur time after time <the cancer recurred>
Examples of recur
There is only a slight chance that the disease will recur.
The same problem keeps recurring.
Origin of recur
Middle English recurren to return, from Latin recurrere, literally, to run back, from re- + currere to run — more at car
First Known Use: circa 1512
Rhymes with recur
as per, astir, auteur, aver, bestir, Big Sur, Bonheur, chasseur, chauffeur, claqueur, coiffeur, concur, confer, Crèvecoeur, danseur, defer, demur, deter, douceur, du jour, farceur, flaneur, frondeur, hauteur, him/her, his/her, incur, infer, inter, jongleur, larkspur, liqueur, longspur, masseur, millefleur, occur, Pasteur, poseur, prefer, refer, sandbur, sandspur, seigneur, transfer, voyeur, white fir
Medical Definition of recur
: to occur again after an interval <a disease likely to recur>
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