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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In honor of her big day, Meghan decided to turn the spotlight on herself for the site's recurring Tig Talk feature (a section in which Meghan used to interview other celebrities). Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Reveals the Adorable Nickname Her Mom, Doria Ragland, Has Called Her Since She Was a Kid," 3 Feb. 2019 Looking for permanent solutions to recurring problems. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "Puerto Rico’s Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto Is Still Mad," 29 Aug. 2018 Esposito will star as recurring character CIA Agent Susan Raynor, Deadline reports. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Jennifer Esposito? 6 Facts About the Actress Who Happens to Be Bradley Cooper's Ex-Wife," 26 Feb. 2019 One recurring lie -- about education -- has struck many as especially disturbing. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Politicians caught padding their resumes, from fake diplomas to biographical discrepancies," 21 Sep. 2018 Besides recurring guest appearances together on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Steenburgen currently stars on Fox's The Last Man on Earth, while Danson appears as the supernatural being Michael on the hit NBC sitcom The Good Place. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen Can't Stop Saying Adorable Stuff About Each Other," 17 Sep. 2018 Like Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley, Richard Nixon has become a recurring on-screen character, and the Watergate scandal an American fable. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "For Filmmakers, Watergate Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving," 23 Oct. 2018 This recurring revenue is a big part of why the company is interested in streamed games in the first place. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s streaming Xbox will split up games to keep latency low," 23 July 2018 The role of adversity in shaping character is a recurring theme. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Politics and Policy," 10 Dec. 2018

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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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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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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