recur

Have you ever had the same crazy dream night after night? If so, you know that dreams can recur, meaning they repeat, or happen again.

The verb recur is used to describe something that happens over and over, whether it’s an injury, an argument, or a character who pops up from time to time on a television show. Recur often describes an event that happens repeatedly, but it can also be used to describe something, such as an image or a memory, that for some reason just keeps popping back up in your mind, like self-doubt that recurs every time you worry about something.

Primary Meanings of recur

1.
v
happen or occur again
2.
v
have recourse to
Full Definitions of recur
1

v happen or occur again

“This is a recurring story”
Synonyms:
repeat
Types:
iterate
run or be performed again
cycle
recur in repeating sequences
Type of:
come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
come to pass

v return in thought or speech to something

Synonyms:
go back
Type of:
come back, hark back, recall, return
go back to something earlier
2

v have recourse to

Synonyms:
fall back, resort
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

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