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[uh-kur] /əˈkɜr/
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.
Origin of occur
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
1. befall. See happen. 2. arise, offer. Unabridged
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  • The incident, occurring at the height of morning rush hour, caused major traffic jams.
  • The combination of aptness and familiarity means that clichés are constantly occurring to a writer.
  • Based on these patterns, they create an index, which spits out the overall probability of a crisis occurring.
  • Scientists are already seeing some of these changes occurring more quickly than they had expected.
  • Yeah there is significant innovation occurring in your huge cities.
  • These rats will multiply as quickly as the available food supply if no predation is occurring.
  • They adopted calcite prisms, a type of naturally occurring crystal, to build carpet cloaks.
  • These financial pressures are occurring against a backdrop of other economic fallout from the global crisis.
  • In the past, engineers instructed the satellite where to train its instruments when important geological events were occurring.
  • Less moisture being trapped at the poles as ice proves that global cooling is occurring already.
British Dictionary definitions for occurring


verb (intransitive) -curs, -curring, -curred
to happen; take place; come about
to be found or be present; exist
(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 occurring



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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