Definitions for occurəˈkɜr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oc•curəˈkɜr(v.i.)-curred, -cur•ring.

  1. to happen; take place; come to pass.

  2. to be met with or found; present itself; appear.

  3. to suggest itself in thought; come to mind (usu. fol. by to).

Origin of occur:

1520–30; < L occurrere to run to meet, arrive, come to mind =oc-oc-+currere to run

Princeton's WordNet

  1. happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place(verb)

    come to pass

    "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

  2. occur, come(verb)

    come to one's mind; suggest itself

    "It occurred to me that we should hire another secretary"; "A great idea then came to her"

  3. occur(verb)

    to be found to exist

    "sexism occurs in many workplaces"; "precious stones occur in a large area in Brazil"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. occur(verb)əˈkɜr

    to happen

    the events that occurred that night

  2. occurəˈkɜr

    to be found in

    the vitamins and minerals that occur naturally in vegetables

  3. occurəˈkɜr

    used to say sb thinks of sth

    The idea occurred to him that she might have left.; It never occurred to me to call her.


  1. occur(Verb)

    To happen or take place.

    The liftoff will occur in exactly twelve seconds.

  2. occur(Verb)

    To present or offer itself.

    I will write if the opportunity occurs.

  3. occur(Verb)

    To come or be presented to the mind; to suggest itself.

  4. occur(Verb)

    To be present or found.

    The chemical monofluoroacetate occurs in all parts of Dichapetalum cymosum, and is responsible for its toxic effects.

  5. Origin: Originally "meet, meet in argument", from occurrer, from occurro from prefix ob- + verb curro.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occur' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1818

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occur' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3274

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occur' in Verbs Frequency: #142

Translations for occur

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to take place

The accident occurred yesterday morning.

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