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oc·cur

 (ə-kûr′)
intr.v. oc·curred, oc·cur·ring, oc·curs
1. To take place; come about. See Synonyms at happen.
2. To be found to exist or appear: Copper deposits occur in the region.
3. To come to mind: The idea never occurred to me.

[Latin occurrere : ob-, toward; see ob- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.]

occur

(əˈkɜː)
vb (intr) , -curs, -curring or -curred
1. to happen; take place; come about
2. to be found or be present; exist
3. (foll by to) to be realized or thought of (by); suggest itself (to)
[C16: from Latin occurrere to run up to, from ob- to + currere to run]
Usage: 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

oc•cur

(əˈkɜr)

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).
[1520–30; < Latin occurrere to run to meet, arrive, come to mind =oc- oc- + currere to run]

occur

You can say that an event occurs.

The accident occurred at 8:40 a.m.
Mistakes are bound to occur.

However, you only use occur to talk about events which are not planned.

Occur is a fairly formal word. In conversation and in less formal writing, you usually say that an event happens.

You might have noticed what happened on Tuesday.
A curious thing has happened.
See happen

Be Careful!
Don't say that a planned event 'occurs' or 'happens'. Say that it takes place.

The first meeting of this committee took place on 9 January.
These lessons took place twice a week.

Don't use 'occur to' to say that someone is affected by an event. Don't say, for example, 'I wonder what's occurred to Jane'. Say 'I wonder what's happened to Jane'.

She no longer cared what happened to her.
It couldn't have happened to a nicer man.

occur


Past participle: occurred
Gerund: occurring

Imperative
occur
occur
Present
I occur
you occur
he/she/it occurs
we occur
you occur
they occur
Preterite
I occurred
you occurred
he/she/it occurred
we occurred
you occurred
they occurred
Present Continuous
I am occurring
you are occurring
he/she/it is occurring
we are occurring
you are occurring
they are occurring
Present Perfect
I have occurred
you have occurred
he/she/it has occurred
we have occurred
you have occurred
they have occurred
Past Continuous
I was occurring
you were occurring
he/she/it was occurring
we were occurring
you were occurring
they were occurring
Past Perfect
I had occurred
you had occurred
he/she/it had occurred
we had occurred
you had occurred
they had occurred
Future
I will occur
you will occur
he/she/it will occur
we will occur
you will occur
they will occur
Future Perfect
I will have occurred
you will have occurred
he/she/it will have occurred
we will have occurred
you will have occurred
they will have occurred
Future Continuous
I will be occurring
you will be occurring
he/she/it will be occurring
we will be occurring
you will be occurring
they will be occurring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been occurring
you have been occurring
he/she/it has been occurring
we have been occurring
you have been occurring
they have been occurring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been occurring
you will have been occurring
he/she/it will have been occurring
we will have been occurring
you will have been occurring
they will have been occurring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been occurring
you had been occurring
he/she/it had been occurring
we had been occurring
you had been occurring
they had been occurring
Conditional
I would occur
you would occur
he/she/it would occur
we would occur
you would occur
they would occur
Past Conditional
I would have occurred
you would have occurred
he/she/it would have occurred
we would have occurred
you would have occurred
they would have occurred
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.occur - come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
recrudesce, develop, break - happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
come up, arise - result or issue; "A slight unpleasantness arose from this discussion"
result - come about or follow as a consequence; "nothing will result from this meeting"
intervene - occur between other event or between certain points of time; "the war intervened between the birth of her two children"
transpire - come about, happen, or occur; "Several important events transpired last week"
give - occur; "what gives?"
operate - happen; "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
supervene - take place as an additional or unexpected development
proceed, go - follow a certain course; "The inauguration went well"; "how did your interview go?"
come - come to pass; arrive, as in due course; "The first success came three days later"; "It came as a shock"; "Dawn comes early in June"
fall - occur at a specified time or place; "Christmas falls on a Monday this year"; "The accent falls on the first syllable"
anticipate - be a forerunner of or occur earlier than; "This composition anticipates Impressionism"
develop - be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The plot developed slowly";
recur, repeat - happen or occur again; "This is a recurring story"
come off, go over, go off - happen in a particular manner; "how did your talk go over?"
roll around, come around - happen regularly; "Christmas rolled around again"
materialise, materialize, happen - come into being; become reality; "Her dream really materialized"
bechance, befall, happen - happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance; "It happens that today is my birthday"; "These things befell" (Santayana)
bechance, befall, betide - become of; happen to; "He promised that no harm would befall her"; "What has become of my children?"
coincide, concur - happen simultaneously; "The two events coincided"
backfire, backlash, recoil - come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
chance - be the case by chance; "I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"
break - happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
fall, shine, strike - touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly; "Light fell on her face"; "The sun shone on the fields"; "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears"
turn out - prove to be in the result or end; "It turns out that he was right"
contemporise, contemporize, synchronise, synchronize - happen at the same time
2.occur - come to one's mind; suggest itself; "It occurred to me that we should hire another secretary"; "A great idea then came to her"
become - come into existence; "What becomes has duration"
3.occur - to be found to exist; "sexism occurs in many workplaces"; "precious stones occur in a large area in Brazil"
come along, appear - come into being or existence, or appear on the scene; "Then the computer came along and changed our lives"; "Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago"
geminate, pair - occur in pairs
run - occur persistently; "Musical talent runs in the family"
collocate - have a strong tendency to occur side by side; "The words 'new' and 'world' collocate"
abound in, pullulate with, teem in - exist in large quantity

occur

verb
1. happen, take place, come about, follow, result, chance, arise, turn up (informal), come off (informal), ensue, crop up (informal), transpire (informal), befall, materialize, come to pass (archaic), betide, eventuate The deaths occurred when troops tried to disperse the demonstrators.
2. exist, appear, be found, develop, obtain, turn up, be present, be met with, manifest itself, present itself, show itself The disease occurs throughout Africa.
occur to someone come to mind, strike someone, dawn on someone, come to you, spring to mind, cross someone's mind, present itself to someone, enter someone's head, offer itself to someone, suggest itself to someone It didn't occur to me to check my insurance policy.
Usage: It is usually regarded as incorrect to talk of pre-arranged events occurring or happening. For this meaning a synonym such as take place would be more appropriate: the wedding took place (not occurred or happened) in the afternoon.

occur

verb
2. To take place at a set time:
3. To enter a person's mind:
Translations
يَحْدُثيَخْطُر في بالِه، يَتَبادَر إلى ذِهْنِهيَقَعُيَنْوَجِد
napadnoutnastatse
falde indfindesoptrædeske
esinemameenumatekkima
tapahtuatarjoutuaesiintyäjuolahtaamieli
dogoditi se
megtalálhatótalálható
finnastkoma fyrirkoma í hug
起こる
발생하다
ateiti į galvąreiškinys
atgadītiesbūt sastopamam/atrodamamienākt prātānotikt
trece
vyskytovať sa
pojaviti sepripetiti sepriti na misel
inträffa
เกิดขึ้น
olmakaklına gelmekbulunmakmeydana gelmek
xảy ra

occur

[əˈkɜːʳ] VI
1. (= happen) → ocurrir, suceder
to occur againvolver a suceder, repetirse
don't let it (ever) occur againque no se vuelva a repetir (nunca)
if a vacancy occurssi se produce una vacante
if the opportunity occurssi se presenta la oportunidad
2. (= be found) → darse, encontrarse
the plant occurs all over Spainla planta se da en todas partes en España
3. (= come to mind) to occur to sbocurrírsele a algn
it occurs to me thatse me ocurre que ...
it occurred to me to ask himse me ocurrió preguntárselo
such an idea would never have occurred to hersemejante idea jamás se le hubiera ocurrido or pasado por la mente

occur

[əˈkɜːr] vi
(= happen) [incident, event] → se produire; [phenomenon, error] → se produire
The accident occurred yesterday → L'accident s'est produit hier.
the chances of an accident occurring → les chances qu'un accident se produise
Mistakes are bound to occur → Il est inévitable que des erreurs se produisent.
(= appear) [phrase, word] → apparaître
The phrase occurs often in the Quran → L'expression apparaît souvent dans le Coran.
(= be present) → être présent
Racism and sexism occur in all institutions → Le racisme et le sexisme sont présents dans toutes les institutions.
to occur naturally in sth → être naturellement présent dans qch
Nitrates are chemicals that occur naturally in water → Les nitrates sont des substances chimiques qui sont naturellement présentes dans l'eau
[difficulty, opportunity] → se présenter
to occur to sb [idea, thought] → venir à l'esprit de qn
It suddenly occurred to me that → Il m'est soudain venu à l'esprit que ...
It never occurred to me to ask → Il ne m'est jamais venu à l'esprit de demander.

occur

vi
(= take place) (event)geschehen, sich ereignen, vorkommen; (difficulty)sich ergeben; (change)stattfinden; that doesn’t occur very oftendas kommt nicht oft vor, das gibt es nicht oft; don’t let it occur againlassen Sie das nicht wieder vorkommen, dass das nicht wieder passiert!; should a fault occursollte ein Fehler auftreten; if the opportunity occurswenn sich die Gelegenheit bietet or ergibt
(= be found: disease) → vorkommen
(= come to mind)einfallen, in den Sinn kommen (geh)(to sb jdm); if it occurs to you that he is wrongfalls es Ihnen so vorkommt, als habe er sich geirrt; it occurs to me that …ich habe den Eindruck, dass …; the idea just occurred to mees ist mir gerade eingefallen; it never occurred to medarauf bin ich noch nie gekommen; it didn’t even occur to him to asker kam erst gar nicht auf den Gedanken, zu fragen; did it ever occur to you to apologize?hast du eigentlich je daran gedacht, dich zu entschuldigen?

occur

[əˈkɜːʳ] vi
a. (event) → accadere; (difficulty, opportunity) → presentarsi; (phenomenon) → aver luogo; (error, word, plant) → essere presente, trovarsi
to occur again → ripetersi
b. (come to mind) to occur to sbvenire in mente a qn
such an idea would never have occurred to her → una tale idea non le sarebbe mai venuta in mente

occur

(əˈkəː) past tense, past participle ocˈcurred verb
1. to take place. The accident occurred yesterday morning.
2. (with to) to come into one's mind. An idea occurred to him; It occurred to me to visit my parents.
3. to be found. Oil occurs under the sea.
ocˈcurrence (-ˈka-) , ((American) -ˈkə:-) noun
a strange occurrence.

occurrence, ~occurred and occurring have two rs.

occur

يَقَعُ nastat optræde geschehen συμβαίνω ocurrir tapahtua se produire dogoditi se accadere 起こる 발생하다 gebeuren inntreffe zdarzyć się ocorrer случаться inträffa เกิดขึ้น olmak xảy ra 发生
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The episode with Makovkina had occurred after five years of his hermit life.
Doctors came to see her singly and in consultation, talked much in French, German, and Latin, blamed one another, and prescribed a great variety of medicines for all the diseases known to them, but the simple idea never occurred to any of them that they could not know the disease Natasha was suffering from, as no disease suffered by a live man can be known, for every living person has his own peculiarities and always has his own peculiar, personal, novel, complicated disease, unknown to medicine- not a disease of the lungs, liver, skin, heart, nerves, and so on mentioned in medical books, but a disease consisting of one of the innumerable combinations of the maladies of those organs.
Sir,-- I beg to apologise for the delay that has occurred in the production of the Report, with which I engaged to furnish you.
He has stated such matters just as they occurred, and leaves every one to form his own opinion concerning them; trusting that his anxious desire to speak the unvarnished truth will gain for him the confidence of his readers.
How soon he had walked himself into the proper resolution, however, how soon an opportunity of exercising it occurred, in what manner he expressed himself, and how he was received, need not be particularly told.
I was about at my wits' end when it occurred to me to try it on the Latinist.
The resource occurred to him now as so easy and agreeable, especially as Marner's hoard was likely to be large enough to leave Godfrey a handsome surplus beyond his immediate needs, and enable him to accommodate his faithful brother, that he had almost turned the horse's head towards home again.
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Can it, then, be thought improbable, seeing that variations useful to man have undoubtedly occurred, that other variations useful in some way to each being in the great and complex battle of life, should sometimes occur in the course of thousands of generations?
Whether all the persons mentioned in the Republic could ever have met at any one time is not a difficulty which would have occurred to an Athenian reading the work forty years later, or to Plato himself at the time of writing (any more than to Shakespeare respecting one of his own dramas); and need not greatly trouble us now.
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