occur to

phrasal verb

occurred to; occurring to; occurs to
: to be thought of by (someone)
An idea just occurred to me.
It suddenly occurred to her that there was a simpler way to deal with the problem.
Did it never occur to you to ask for help?

Examples of occur to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In my recent research on extraterrestrial life and UFOs, one of the most poignant thought experiments was the question of whether our own human longing to reach for the stars may exist elsewhere — or even occur to other species. Garrett M. Graff, Rolling Stone, 25 Nov. 2023 There is this gratitude and graciousness that folks feel to this town, coupled with the stark reality that this hate crime occurred to your community. Maira Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 The idea that this wasn’t worth doing never would have occurred to him. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2023 So when Jillian was getting ready to select floral arrangements for her upcoming wedding, the idea suddenly occurred to her that Ruthie would be the perfect choice. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 For me, the most memorable covers are by gifted artists who find and bring to life facets in a song that eluded — or never even occurred to — the original performer or songwriter. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2023 These are thoughts that could occur to you live in the moment of the show itself. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Instead, Aron reported what had occurred to the FBI. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 12 Oct. 2023 But the thought of actually sacrificing himself is not likely to occur to him. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Occur to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occur%20to. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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