Definition of recur
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 considerationb : to come again to mind
4 : to occur again after an interval : occur time after time <the cancer recurred>
recurrenceplay \-ˈkər-ən(t)s, -ˈkə-rən(t)s\ noun
Examples of recur in a sentence
There is only a slight chance that the disease will recur.
The same problem keeps recurring.
Origin and Etymology of recur
Middle English recurren to return, from Latin recurrere, literally, to run back, from re- + currere to run — more at car
First Known Use: circa 1512
RECUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of recur for English Language Learners
: to happen or appear again : to occur again
RECUR Defined for Kids
Definition of recur for Students
: to occur or appear again <The fever recurred.>
Medical Definition of recur
: to occur again after an interval <a disease likely to recur>
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