occur

verb oc·cur \ ə-ˈkər \

Definition of occur

occurred; occurring play \ə-ˈkər-iŋ, -ˈkə-riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to be found or met with :appear
  • This bird occurs in New England in the spring.
2 :to come into existence :happen
  • The accident occurred at 5 p.m.
3 :to come to mind
  • an idea that has occurred to me

Examples of occur in a Sentence

  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.

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The Meaning of occur and the Spelling of Its Forms

Occur has three meanings. It means "to be found or met with; appear," as in "a phenomenon that occurs around the world"; it means "to come into existence; happen," as in "an event that occurred on Friday"; and it means "to come to mind," as in "it occurs to me that the word is quite useful."

It's an unusual-looking word, being so small but with two c's up against each other, and then just a simple r at the end. The r is doubled, though, for the past tense: occurred. And the double r continues in the present participle: occurring.

Origin and Etymology of occur

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



OCCUR Defined for English Language Learners

occur

verb

Definition of occur for English Language Learners

  • : to happen

  • : to appear or exist : to be found


OCCUR Defined for Kids

occur

verb oc·cur \ ə-ˈkər \

Definition of occur for Students

occurred; occurring
1 :to come by or as if by chance :happen
  • Success doesn't just occur, it is earned.
2 :to come into the mind
  • It never occurred to me to ask.
3 :to be found or met with :appear
  • It's a disease that occurs among cows.


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