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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.

1610–20; earlier: to recede < Latin recurrere to run back, equivalent to re- re- + currere to run

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recur (rɪˈkɜː)
vb , -curs, -curring, -curred
1.  to happen again, esp at regular intervals
2.  (of a thought, idea, etc) to come back to the mind
3.  (of a problem, etc) to come up again
4.  maths (of a digit or group of digits) to be repeated an infinite number of times at the end of a decimal fraction
[C15: from Latin recurrere, from re- + currere to run]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. recurrere "to return, come back," from re- "back, again" + currere "to run" (see current). Originally of persons; application to thoughts, ideas, etc. is recorded from 1704.

1711, from recur.
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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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Example sentences
The location and arrangement of both physical and human phenomena form regular
  and recurring patterns.
Bankruptcy and years of strife are recurring themes in their tales.
Even a cursory glance at the history of communications technology shows a
  recurring pattern.
For that set of people, the extra notice of a recurring cancer could be
  life-saving, if the device ever makes it to market.
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