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
For about two decades, the occurrence has been celebrated in an annual festival that features a parade and a street carnival.
More than a year ago, Lees, 47, began to experience a repetitive stress injury, a common occurrence for musicians who play hours each day for many years.
A compilation of several computer model runs has rainfall totals across the Chicago area ranging from 1 inch to in excess of 3 inches, depending on storm tracks and the natural variation in the occurrence of mid-July showers and thunderstorms.
Over the weekend, Sweden's largest music festival, Bråvalla, was the site of four rapes and 23 sexual assaults, according to police reports — a horrifying occurrence that has caused next year's edition of the festival to be cancelled.
The unexpected can become a common occurrence when there’s a little one in the picture.
Darin Richardson, claims manager with the League of Minnesota Cities, said St. Anthony's insurance coverage is $3 million per occurrence.
ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, a Dallas resident, envisions such attention becoming an annual occurrence under Dixon.
The first specimen of Camarasaurus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from Montana: the northernmost occurrence of the genus.
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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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