Occur Definition

occurred, occurring, occurs
occurred, occurring, occurs
To be found; exist.
Fish occur in most waters.
Webster's New World
To take place; happen.
Webster's New World
To present itself; come to mind.
An idea occurred to him.
Webster's New World

Origin of Occur

  • 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

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

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

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