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 The Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt is now a recurring feature of the ocean. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 16 Sep. 2019 The Amazon example has since become a recurring feature of Warren’s campaign speeches. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "How Elizabeth Warren Came Up with a Plan to Break Up Big Tech," 20 Aug. 2019 Leonard, one coach noted, was dragging during the playoffs despite his regular-season load management program, George underwent offseason surgeries on both shoulders, and Beverley has had recurring injury issues during his career. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers are the envy of the NBA, but hold off on the coronation," 11 July 2019 Yet, recurring floods and landslides in the mountains, hills, and areas downstream (between the Ghats and the sea) show that India must rethink its environmental law to balance the needs of nature and humans. Gayathri D Naik, Quartz India, "India, leave those forests on the mountains alone, lest you want to drown," 13 Sep. 2019 Lallana has struggled for game time in recent seasons due to recurring injuries, featuring in just 16 games in all competitions last term, and hasn't scored for the club since the 2016/17 campaign. SI.com, "Adam Lallana Names the Barcelona Midfielder Jordan Henderson Has Told Him to Base His Game on," 12 Sep. 2019 So Apple needs a new way to make money, through a recurring stream of cash from its loyal fans. BostonGlobe.com, "delivered less this year than I’d expected. And that’s a good thing.," 11 Sep. 2019 The delay was a result of unanswered questions about surveillance of the tablets and of jail phone calls, a recurring concern of inmate rights groups and the Public Defender’s Office. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "Santa Clara County looks to join trend of subsidizing inmate phone calls," 10 Sep. 2019 The real opportunity comes when celebrities realize that, while single or minimal recurring payouts from sponsorships, endorsements or licensing deals are good in some scenarios, the bigger returns come from investing. Brian Penick, Billboard, "Five Music Tech Investment Areas You Need to Know (Guest Column)," 5 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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recur

verb
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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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