occurrence

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

Definition of occurrence

  1. 1 :  something that occurs <a startling occurrence> <Lightning is a natural occurrence.>

  2. 2 :  the action or fact of happening or occurring —often used with of <the repeated occurrence of petty theft in the locker room>

Examples of occurrence in a sentence

  1. Getting headaches has become a common occurrence for her.

  2. the recent occurrences of the disease

  3. Lightning is a natural occurrence.

1539

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 English Language Learners

occurrence

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

Definition of occurrence for English Language Learners

  • : something that happens

  • : the fact of happening or occurring


OCCURRENCE Defined for Kids

occurrence

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noun oc·cur·rence \ə-ˈkər-əns\

Definition of occurrence for Students

  1. 1 :  something that happens <Lightning is a natural occurrence.>

  2. 2 :  the action or process of happening <There's been a lower occurrence of the disease.>


Law Dictionary

occurrence

noun oc·cur·rence

Legal Definition of occurrence

  1. :  something that takes place; especially :  an accident, event, or continuing condition that causes personal or property damage that is unintended or unexpected from the standpoint of an insured party making a claim



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