What does occur mean?

Definitions for occur

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word occur.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take placeverb

    come to pass

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

  2. occur, comeverb

    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. occurverb

    to be found to exist

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


  1. Occurverb

    To come to the mind; to arise in the mind; to suggest itself; to be presented to the imagination or memory; -- of an idea or thought; as, it never occurred to me to call John to ask.


  1. occurverb

    To happen or take place.

    The liftoff will occur in exactly twelve seconds.

  2. occurverb

    To present or offer itself.

    I will write if the opportunity occurs.

  3. occurverb

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

  4. occurverb

    To be present or found.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To OCCURverb

    Etymology: occurro, Latin.

    There doth not occur to me any use of this experiment for profit. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The mind should be always ready to turn itself to the variety of objects that occur, and allow them as much consideration as shall be thought fit. John Locke.

    The far greater part of the examples that occur to us, are so many encouragements to vice and disobedience. John Rogers.

    In scripture, though the word heir occur, yet there is no such thing as heir in our author’s sense. John Locke.

    All bodies have a determinate motion according to the degrees of their external impulse, their inward principle of gravitation, and the resistance of the bodies they occur with. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Before I begin that I must occur to one specious objection against this proposition. Richard Bentley, Serm.


  1. occur

    To occur means to happen or take place. It can refer to events, actions, processes, or instances emerging, developing, or coming into existence.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Occur

    o-kur′, v.i. to come or be presented to the mind: to happen: to appear: to be found here and there: to coincide in time:—pr.p. occur′ring; pa.p. occurred′.ns. Occur′rence, anything that occurs: an event, esp. one unlooked for or unplanned: occasional presentation; Occur′rent, one who comes to meet another: (B.) an occurrence or chance.—adj. (B.) coming in the way. [Fr.,—L. occurrĕreob, towards, currĕre, to run.]

Editors Contribution

  1. occur

    To exist.

    The reality is the schedule is created for the train timetable to occur daily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of occur in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of occur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of occur in a Sentence

  1. Marcus Jones:

    Officer Bomba was a very dedicated officer who worked in downtown Silver Spring, we have typically been made aware of many different types of crimes that occur in downtown and Officer Bomba always been actively involved on patrol and addressing a lot of the concerns that have occurred in downtown Silver Spring.

  2. Russia John Sullivan:

    This conviction, and a sentence of nine years, for an alleged crime that so obviously did not occur, is ridiculous, i can not even say' miscarriage of justice' because clearly' justice' was not even considered. This was theater of the absurd.

  3. Steve Bellone:

    We have never had an incident like this occur. Hopefully we never will again.

  4. Henry Kissinger:

    When you meet the President you ask yourself, How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor, much less President?

  5. State Department spokesman John Kirby:

    So there wouldn't be any IAEA or other restrictions on new construction at that site were they to occur.

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  • odehrát se, dít se, napadnout, nastat, se, udát se, stát seCzech
  • forekommeDanish
  • einfallen, passieren, in den Sinn kommen, vorkommen, auftretenGerman
  • tincar, ocurrir, presentarSpanish
  • meenuma, esinema, tekkimaEstonian
  • sattua, mieli, tapahtua, juolahtaa, tulla mieleen, tarjoutua, esiintyäFinnish
  • produire, arriver, passer, venir à l'idée, avoir lieu, présenter, retrouverFrench
  • tachair, buail air, buail an ceannScottish Gaelic
  • पाए जाते हैंHindi
  • megtalálható, eszébe jut, előfordulHungarian
  • eventarIdo
  • מתרחשHebrew
  • 思い浮かぶ, ある, 起こるJapanese
  • ڕوودان, ڕێکه‌وتنKurdish
  • occurro, supervenio, accido, evenio, subeo, cado, incidoLatin
  • afalenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • се појавува, текнува, се јавува, се среќаваMacedonian
  • opkomen, voorkomen, zich, aanbieden, gebeuren, invallen, verschijnen, voordoen, plaatsvindenDutch
  • forekomme, inntreffeNorwegian
  • wydarzyć się, wydarzać się, występowaćPolish
  • ocorrer, encontrar, acontecerPortuguese
  • treceRomanian
  • приходить в головуRussian
  • pasti na pametSerbo-Croatian
  • hända, äga rum, ske, förekommaSwedish
  • hazır olmak, hatırlamak, aklına gelmek, olmakTurkish
  • виникатиUkrainian
  • xảy raVietnamese
  • ariver, sorvini, aspiter, si troverWalloon

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    A dangerous
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