recurrent

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adjective re·cur·rent \-ˈkər-ənt, -ˈkə-rənt\

Definition of recurrent

  1. 1 :  running or turning back in a direction opposite to a former course —used of various nerves and branches of vessels in the arms and legs

  2. 2 :  returning or happening time after time recurrent complaints

recurrently

adverb

Examples of recurrent in a Sentence

  1. The loss of innocence is a recurrent theme in his stories.

  2. had recurrent problems with the computer for months and finally junked it

Origin and Etymology of recurrent

Latin recurrent-, recurrens, present participle of recurrere


First Known Use: 1578


RECURRENT Defined for English Language Learners

recurrent

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adjective re·cur·rent \-ˈkər-ənt, -ˈkə-rənt\

Definition of recurrent for English Language Learners

  • : happening or appearing again and again


RECURRENT Defined for Kids

recurrent

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adjective re·cur·rent \ri-ˈkər-ənt\

Definition of recurrent for Students

  1. :  happening or appearing again and again a recurrent infection


Medical Dictionary

recurrent

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adjective re·cur·rent \-ˈkər-ənt, -ˈkə-rənt\

Medical Definition of recurrent

  1. 1:  running or turning back in a direction opposite to a former course—used of various nerves and branches of vessels in the arms and legs

  2. 2:  returning or happening time after time recurrent pain

recurrently

adverb


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