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[uh-kur-uh ns, uh-kuhr-] /əˈkɜr əns, əˈkʌr-/
the action, fact, or instance of occurring.
something that happens; event; incident:
We were delayed by several unexpected occurrences.
Origin of occurrence
1530-40; occurr(ent) + -ence; compare Medieval Latin occurrentia
Related forms
occurrent, adjective
preoccurrence, noun
reoccurrence, noun
2. circumstance. See event. Unabridged
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  • These actions will definitely prevent a similar occurrence from happening again.
  • It is a totally unpredictable occurrence in the field, and it matters not.
  • Because, if there's not a name for this occurrence, there should be.
  • Some scientists believe that the natural occurrence of these hybrids might be explained by climate change.
  • Another occurrence took place at about the same time- maybe about a year later-and the two occurrences liberated me forever.
  • But fortunately he's not my line manager so this won't be a regular occurrence.
  • It's the first time such an occurrence has been directly seen.
  • Peeling skin is a natural occurrence with a sunburn.
  • But researchers say it's an increasingly common occurrence.
  • While tornadoes are fairly rare, tornado scares and warnings are a common enough occurrence for residents.
British Dictionary definitions for occurrence


something that occurs; a happening; event
the act or an instance of occurring: a crime of frequent occurrence
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Word Origin and History for occurrence

1530s, from Middle French occurrence "unexpected happening" or directly from Medieval Latin occurrentia, from Latin occurentem (nominative occurens), present participle of occurrere (see occur).

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