recur

verb
re·​cur | \ ri-ˈkər How to pronounce recur (audio) \
recurred; recurring

Definition of recur

intransitive verb

1 : to have recourse : resort
2 : to go back in thought or discourse on recurring to my letters of that date— Thomas Jefferson
3a : to come up again for consideration
b : to come again to mind
4 : to occur again after an interval : occur time after time the cancer recurred

Examples of recur in a Sentence

There is only a slight chance that the disease will recur. The same problem keeps recurring.

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An internal investigation will focus on policy changes that could prevent what happened to Stevens from recurring, Baker said. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "‘I don’t know why you’re freaking out,’ Arkansas 911 dispatcher told a woman minutes before she drowned," 31 Aug. 2019 An internal investigation will focus on policy changes that could prevent what happened to Stevens from recurring, Baker said. Anchorage Daily News, "‘I don’t know why you’re freaking out,’ a 911 dispatcher told a woman minutes before she drowned," 31 Aug. 2019 Extensive postpartum evaluation, whether immediately after or in subsequent pregnancies, can be costly as doctors try to prevent stillbirth from recurring. Joni Hess, Vox, "From diagnostics to autopsy to burial, stillbirths are alarmingly expensive in America," 30 July 2019 And if Ferguson gets another promotion from recurring to series regular next season, the internet is going to be extremely happy. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Erica is the MVP of Stranger Things season 3," 6 July 2019 The striking opening shot shows a city street at night with a suspended traffic light in flames, and fire is at the heart of the family's troubles as well as a recurring visual motif in the film. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ema': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Vignettes about making art of all kinds suffuse tracks bound by recurring phrases and place names. Judy Berman, Time, "Review: Norman F---ing Rockwell! Is Lana Del Rey's Darkest—And Greatest—Album Yet," 30 Aug. 2019 Ernest Hemingway’s novella The Old Man and the Sea is haunted by a recurring motif of lions running across an African beach. Joe Fassler, The Atlantic, "The Hemingway Scene That Shows How Humanity Works," 30 Aug. 2019 Maybe the Ravens’ most impressive rookie quarterback in preseason history, Kyle Boller (86.4 rating), is remembered for his recurring regular-season flops. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "With potentially record-breaking preseason, QB Trace McSorley has ‘earned the right’ to be in Ravens’ plans," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of recur

circa 1512, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recur

borrowed from Latin recurrere "to run back, return, have recourse (to)," from re- re- + currere "to run" — more at current entry 1

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The first known use of recur was circa 1512

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recur

verb

English Language Learners Definition of recur

: to happen or appear again : to occur again

recur

verb
re·​cur | \ ri-ˈkər How to pronounce recur (audio) \
recurred; recurring

Kids Definition of recur

: to occur or appear again The fever recurred.
re·​cur | \ ri-ˈkər How to pronounce recur (audio) \
recurred; recurring

Medical Definition of recur

: to occur again after an interval a disease likely to recur

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