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[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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Examples for occurred
  • 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.
  • Sorry, an error occurred in attempting to e-mail this page.
  • One of them explains the why of why something was created or occurred.
  • Even when the facts are known, there are two or three versions, each giving a different rendering of what occurred.
  • Frankly, it never would have occurred to me to test flying squirrels in a wind tunnel.
  • After a while it occurred to me that what this was really all about was show-and-tell for big people.
  • One way, seen in many sauropods, occurred through the lengthening individual vertebrae.
  • Rather extinction may have occurred because humans took over their caves.
British Dictionary definitions for occurred

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 occurred
occur
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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