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.

Recent Examples of occurrence from the Web

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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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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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