occurrence

noun
oc·​cur·​rence | \ ə-ˈkər-ən(t)s How to pronounce occurrence (audio) , -ˈkə-rən(t)s\

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

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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

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.
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But in the front, fans knew all the words to the new album, which can be a rare occurrence for a band that has stuck around for eight albums and 20 years. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "The National at White Oak Music Hall: Sometimes your show is special," 12 Sep. 2019 According to Farmers’ Almanac, having a full moon occur on a Friday the 13th is a rare occurrence. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Eyes to the Sky Y’all: A Rare Harvest Micromoon Is Happening on Friday the 13th," 9 Sep. 2019 Hopkins ensured the allegations would not go unnoticed, a rare occurrence in the cloistered academic world where violators often have been allowed to slink away with little fanfare to other jobs. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Here’s what happened when Maryland students forced colleges to confront sexual assault," 27 Aug. 2019 But according to the most detailed study yet of Ice Age predators by paleontologists at Vanderbilt University, this would have been an extremely rare occurrence. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fossilized teeth of Ice Age predators yield clues to why certain species survived," 6 Aug. 2019 Nancy and Barbara Lowry were identical twins, and a noncancerous blood disease in one had been curable by cells from the other, a vanishingly rare occurrence. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 Perhaps, these same effects would occur with committed cohabiting partners who stay together for decades (a rare occurrence in the United States). Alan J. Hawkins, National Review, "What You Lose When You Diss the Public Good of Marriage," 10 July 2019 Administration officials, as well as the president’s allies, have meanwhile tried to spin the sting of deaths as fairly a rare occurrence. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump is using the deaths of two migrant children to push for his border wall," 29 Dec. 2018 The lawyer for Daniela Menescal, a student who was injured, filed a petition in Broward court this week asking a judge to review whether the school district can treat the shooting as one occurrence involving multiple parties. Erika Pesantes, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland shooting families outraged over cap on school district liability," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of occurrence

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for occurrence

occurr(ent) entry 1 + -ence, perhaps after Middle French occurrence "circumstance"

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The first known use of occurrence was in 1539

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occurrence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of occurrence

: something that happens
: the fact of happening or occurring

occurrence

noun
oc·​cur·​rence | \ ə-ˈkər-əns How to pronounce occurrence (audio) \

Kids Definition of occurrence

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.

occurrence

noun
oc·​cur·​rence

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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