occur

Use the verb occur when an event or a thought happens, like when it occurs to you that you've left home without your umbrella. Maybe you didn't hear the forecast that showers would occur this afternoon.

The verb occur comes from the Latin, occurrere, “to meet” or “to present itself.” When something occurs, it comes into being, like a thought that seems to present itself from out of the blue, like when it suddenly occurs to you that you forgot to ask your guests if they'd like a cup of tea, or that it would never occur to your Mother that some people spend a small fortune on handbags. Events can also occur, meaning "take place," like a meeting that will occur tomorrow.

DEFINITIONS OF: occur

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v come to pass

“Nothing occurred that seemed important”
Synonyms:
come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, pass, pass off, take place
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break, develop, recrudesce
happen
arise, come up
result or issue
result
come about or follow as a consequence
intervene
occur between other event or between certain points of time
transpire
come about, happen, or occur
give
occur
operate
happen
supervene
take place as an additional or unexpected development
go, proceed
follow a certain course
come
come to pass; arrive, as in due course
fall
occur at a specified time or place
anticipate
be a forerunner of or occur earlier than
develop
be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest
recur, repeat
happen or occur again
come off, go off, go over
happen in a particular manner
come around, roll around
happen regularly
happen, materialise, materialize
come into being; become reality
bechance, befall, happen
happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance
bechance, befall, betide
become of; happen to
coincide, concur
happen simultaneously
backfire, backlash, recoil
come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
chance
be the case by chance
break
happen or take place
fall, shine, strike
touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
turn out
prove to be in the result or end
contemporise, contemporize, synchronise, synchronize
happen at the same time
drag, drag on, drag out
proceed for an extended period of time
descend, fall, settle
come as if by falling
iterate
run or be performed again
cycle
recur in repeating sequences
condense
develop due to condensation
appear, come out
be issued or published
open, open up
become available
happen
chance to be or do something, without intention or causation
come, do, fare, get along, make out
proceed or get along
come up
be mentioned

v come to one's mind; suggest itself

“It occurred to me that we should hire another secretary”
Synonyms:
come
Type of:
become
come into existence

v to be found to exist

“sexism occurs in many workplaces”
“precious stones occur in a large area in Brazil”
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geminate, pair
occur in pairs
run
occur persistently
collocate
have a strong tendency to occur side by side
abound in, pullulate with, teem in
exist in large quantity
Type of:
appear, come along
come into being or existence, or appear on the scene
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