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.
Recent Examples on the Web These galling disparities will likely recur, because the U.S. has done little to address their root causes. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2021 The contradictions around race, class, and region that recur throughout Backlands are inherent to Brazil. Ela Bittencourt, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Unlike a true autoimmune disease, however, these inflammatory side effects appear to be transient and do not recur after they are initially treated. Jedd D. Wolchok, Scientific American, 1 May 2014 If so, many of the trends from the early pandemic will likely recur at rapid speed. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2021 The quandary that Europe faces over how to react to the delta variant may recur as the virus continues to evolve, some scientists said. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 The quandary that Europe faces over how to react to the Delta variant may recur as the virus continues to evolve, some scientists said. New York Times, 5 June 2021 Throughout his books, patterns and dates recur, and images, whether of a butterfly collector or of Kafka’s Hunter Gracchus, create folds in space and time. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2021 Peters will recur as Rosalyn, Peggy’s complicated mother. Joe Otterson, Variety, 2 Nov. 2021

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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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18 Jan 2022

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“Recur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recur. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for recur

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.

recur

intransitive verb
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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