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[ri-kur] /rɪˈkɜr/
verb (used without object), recurred, recurring.
to occur again, as an event, experience, etc.
to return to the mind:
The idea kept recurring.
to come up again for consideration, as a question.
to have recourse.
Origin of recur
1610-20; earlier: to recede < Latin recurrere to run back, equivalent to re- re- + currere to run Unabridged
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  • The solemnity of his promise to Ellen, however, recurred to him in time to restrain his uplifted arm.

    The Dead Boxer William Carleton
  • A thought had crossed Ormond's mind which recurred at this instant.

  • They had recurred to him many times, and in each instance his heart had undeniably responded in a tenderly sentimental way.

    The Red Tavern Charles Raymond Macauley
  • The thought of the letter which she had received during the day then recurred to him.

  • A vague suspicion, that had been born in the young man's mind immediately after his rescue from the river now recurred.

    A Daughter of the Dons William MacLeod Raine
  • But the thought of his father's loss and his own share in it recurred often to his mind.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • Yet suddenly there recurred to me my own small part in this great tragedy.

    Love Under Fire Randall Parrish
  • The touching story of Evangeline recurred to me with terrible vividness.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for recurred


verb (intransitive) -curs, -curring, -curred
to happen again, esp at regular intervals
(of a thought, idea, etc) to come back to the mind
(of a problem, etc) to come up again
(maths) (of a digit or group of digits) to be repeated an infinite number of times at the end of a decimal fraction
Derived Forms
recurring, adjective
recurringly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin recurrere, from re- + currere to run
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Word Origin and History for recurred



late 14c., "recover from illness or suffering;" mid-15c., "to return" (to a place), from Latin recurrere "to return, run back, hasten back," figuratively "revert, recur," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Originally of persons; application to thoughts, ideas, etc. is recorded from 1620s. Meaning "happen again" is from 1670s. Related: Recurred; recurring.

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recurred in Medicine

recur re·cur (rĭ-kûr')
v. re·curred, re·cur·ring, re·curs

  1. To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.

  2. To return to one's attention or memory.

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