recur

verb re·cur \ ri-ˈkər \

Definition of recur

recurred; recurring
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
3 a :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

recurrence

play \-ˈkər-ən(t)s, -ˈkə-rən(t)s\ noun

Examples of recur in a Sentence

  1. There is only a slight chance that the disease will recur.

  2. The same problem keeps recurring.

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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


RECUR Defined for English Language Learners

recur

verb

Definition of recur for English Language Learners

  • : to happen or appear again : to occur again


RECUR Defined for Kids

recur

verb re·cur \ ri-ˈkər \

Definition of recur for Students

recurred; recurring
:to occur or appear again
  • The fever recurred.

Medical Dictionary

recur

intransitive verb re·cur \ ri-ˈkər \

medical Definition of recur

recurred; recurring
:to occur again after an interval
  • a disease likely to recur


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