Definition of occurrence
1 : something that occurs a startling occurrence Lightning is a natural occurrence.
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
Getting headaches has become a common occurrence for her.
the recent occurrences of the disease
Lightning is a natural occurrence.
Recent Examples of occurrence from the Web
The News-Review reported that an Enbridge document posted on a state website listed more than 200 occurrences of unsupported spaces exceeding 75 feet.
Corrigan notes a total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. on Aug. 21 this year, the first such occurrence in 99 years.
When Rajai Davis' toddler wants to watch baseball videos -- a regular occurrence at the kitchen table -- Davis knows which clip to play.
The regional crown gave Sydorchuk a good feeling that this season's success won't be a one-time occurrence.
Today, a concert by a Cuban musician in Miami is a common occurrence.
Six of Oregon's 11 Pac-12 wins this season have come with Peterson on the mound and the lineup didn't have the gas to pick him up on the rare occurrence of ineffectiveness.
In a rare occurrence, both starting pitchers in the championship game of the Glendale Junior Division Championship were girls.
Those incidents peaked in September, with 17 occurrences, and rose again in February, with 14.
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Synonym Discussion of occurrence
OCCURRENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of occurrence for English Language Learners
: something that happens
: the fact of happening or occurring
OCCURRENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of occurrence for Students
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.
Legal Definition of occurrence
: 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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