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 That new face for drag turned out to be the recurring Pete Davidson character Chad. Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Billboard, "'SNL' Host RuPaul Appears in Homage to 'Designing Women,' Plays Himself in Photoshoot: Watch," 9 Feb. 2020 The show may centre around the family, but there are a few recurring characters filling out that world. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "Who’s Who In The Cast Of Disney+’s Diary Of A Future President," 20 Jan. 2020 Your novels, to date, have all featured recurring characters. Nicole Cliffe, Glamour, "Jasmine Guillory Writes Refreshingly Real Takes on Royal Romance," 30 Dec. 2019 Apart from the protagonists and recurring characters, there are others who appear for just one episode but leave a mark anyway. Devarsi Ghosh, Quartz India, "From India’s numerous web originals of 2019, these 10 characters stand out," 26 Dec. 2019 That gang was in turn usurped by one run by Charles Sabini, another of Peaky Blinders's recurring characters. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Were the Real Life Peaky Blinders Gangsters?," 3 Nov. 2019 Lexington native Laura Bell Bundy landed a role as a recurring character on the show. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "NBC's 'Perfect Harmony' embraces its Kentucky roots, UK basketball jokes and all," 28 Oct. 2019 These phases are related to what’s known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, a recurring pattern of ocean and atmosphere variability in the Pacific basin. Los Angeles Times, "Winds drive California’s wildfire season. But people are what make it so dangerous," 18 Oct. 2019 Deadline revealed that Dylan Walsh is joining that cast as a recurring character. Megan Stein, Country Living, "A 'Law and Order: SVU' and 'Nip/Tuck' Star Is Joining the 'Blue Bloods' Cast," 18 Sep. 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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19 Feb 2020

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“Recur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of recur

: to happen or appear again : to occur again


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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