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occur

[uh-kur] /əˈkɜr/
verb (used without object), occurred, occurring.
1.
to happen; take place; come to pass:
When did the accident occur?
2.
to be met with or found; present itself; appear.
3.
to suggest itself in thought; come to mind (usually followed by to):
An idea occurred to me.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin occurrere to run to meet, arrive, meet, equivalent to oc- oc- + currere to run
Related forms
preoccur, verb (used without object), preoccurred, preoccurring.
reoccur, verb (used without object), reoccurred, reoccurring.
unoccurring, adjective
Synonyms
1. befall. See happen. 2. arise, offer.
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  • But historians have shown that two major preconditions typically must be in place for realignment to occur.
  • They are simply what should be expected to occur occasionally, given the frequency with which conflicts take place.
  • He always worked without a net, believing that preparing for disaster only made one more likely to occur.
  • The telling of anecdotes was essential to them, and so alterations were certain to occur.
  • What's remarkable is that this variation can occur within a single species.
  • Migraine headaches are severe headaches that usually occur with other symptoms such as vision disturbances or nausea.
  • If all or part of the infection is due to a fungus, it tends to occur more slowly.
  • And, get breaking news alerts to be the first to read about events as soon as they occur.
  • Internal bleeding can occur in any part of the brain.
  • Solitary metastasized brain cancers may occur but are less common.
British Dictionary definitions for occur

occur

/əˈkɜː/
verb (intransitive) -curs, -curring, -curred
1.
to happen; take place; come about
2.
to be found or be present; exist
3.
(foll by to) to be realized or thought of (by); suggest itself (to)
Usage note
It is usually regarded as incorrect to talk of pre-arranged events occurring or happening: the wedding took place (not occurred or happened) in the afternoon
Word Origin
C16: from Latin occurrere to run up to, from ob- to + currere to run
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Word Origin and History for occur
v.

1520s, "meet, meet in argument," from Middle French occurrer "happen unexpectedly" or directly from Latin occurrere "run to meet, run against, befall, present itself," from ob "against, toward" (see ob-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense development is from "meet" to "present itself" to "appear" to "happen" ("present itself in the course of events"). Meaning "to come into one's mind" is from 1620s. Related: Occurred; occurring.

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