Other forms: recurring; recurred; recurs; recured

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.

Definitions of recur
  1. verb
    happen or occur again
    “This is a recurring story”
    synonyms: repeat
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    run or be performed again
    recur in repeating sequences
    type of:
    come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
    come to pass
  2. verb
    return in thought or speech to something
    synonyms: go back
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    type of:
    come back, hark back, recall, return, rewind
    go back to something earlier
  3. verb
    have recourse to
    synonyms: fall back, resort
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    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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