The Meaning of Occur and the Spelling of Its Forms
Occur has three meanings. It means "to be found or met with; appear," as in "a phenomenon that occurs around the world"; it means "to come into existence; happen," as in "an event that occurred on Friday"; and it means "to come to mind," as in "it occurs to me that the word is quite useful."
It's an unusual-looking word, being so small but with two c's up against each other, and then just a simple r at the end. The r is doubled, though, for the past tense: occurred. And the double r continues in the present participle: occurring.
Examples of occur in a Sentence
The event is scheduled to occur at noon tomorrow.
No one was ready for what was about to occur.
There's a chance that a similar event will occur in the future.
The disease tends to occur in children under the age of five.
The plant occurs naturally throughout South America.
Recent Examples on the WebThe collision will occur about 6.8 million miles from Earth.
Arkansas Online, 25 Nov. 2021 The collision will occur about 6.8 million miles (11 million kilometers) from Earth.
John Antczak, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 Most of Wednesday's sunniness will occur mid to late afternoon with a high of 75 degrees.
The Arizona Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 The collision will occur about 6.8 million miles from Earth.
Fox News, 24 Nov. 2021 The contact will occur about 6.7 million miles from Earth, roughly 28 times the distance between the Earth and the moon.
Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2021 Two more public readings will occur before a final council vote is taken on the ordinance.
Beth Mlady, cleveland, 19 Nov. 2021 Snow and rain showers will occur in areas of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and western Colorado.
Judson Jones, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Your hearing will occur within two business days of the request.
Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021
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borrowed from Latin occurrere "to run to meet, confront in a hostile manner, be met, present itself (to the mind)," from oc-, assimilated variant of ob-ob- + currere "to run, roll, move swiftly" — more at current entry 1