Occur meaning

ə-kûr
To take place; come about.
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To be found; exist.

Fish occur in most waters.

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To present itself; come to mind.

An idea occurred to him.

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To come to mind.

The idea never occurred to me.

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To occur is to happen or to be found.

An example of occur is when a car crash happens at 2:00.

An example of occur is to find a shark in a specific area of the ocean.

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To be found to exist or appear.

Copper deposits occur in the region.

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To take place; happen.
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To happen or take place.

The liftoff will occur in exactly twelve seconds.

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To present or offer itself.

I will write if the opportunity occurs.

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(impersonal) To come or be presented to the mind; to suggest itself.
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(sciences) To be present or found.

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

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Origin of occur

  • Latin occurrere ob- toward ob– currere to run kers- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Originally "meet, meet in argument", from Middle French occurrer, from Latin occurrō (“run to meet, run against, befall, present itself") from prefix ob- (“against") + verb currō (“run, hurry, move").

    From Wiktionary