verb (used without object), occurred, occurring.
to happen; take place; come to pass: When did the accident occur?
to be met with or found; present itself; appear.
to suggest itself in thought; come to mind (usually followed by to ): An idea occurred to me.

1520–30; < Latin occurrere to run to meet, arrive, meet, equivalent to oc- oc- + currere to run

preoccur, verb (used without object), preoccurred, preoccurring.
reoccur, verb (used without object), reoccurred, reoccurring.
unoccurring, adjective

1. befall. See happen. 2. arise, offer.
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occur (əˈkɜː)
vb , -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  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

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Word Origin & History

1520s, "meet, meet in argument," from M.Fr. occurrer, from L. occurrere "run to meet, run against, befall, present itself," from ob "against, toward" + currere "to run" (see current). 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.
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Example sentences
The secondary message occurred to me much later: the same must true of deer.
Two ways to eat pomegranate seeds that never occurred to me:.
So easy and delicious, yet it had never occurred to me to highlight those
  peppery leaves in anything but a salad.
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