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occur

oc·cur

occur

 
 
pronunciation:
kuhr
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Word Parts
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: occurred, occurring, occurs
definition 1: to take place; happen.
Accidents frequently occur at this intersection.She had dreamed of winning the award, but she was surprised when it actually occurred.
synonyms:
be, befall, come to pass, happen, pass, take place
similar words:
arise, betide, chance, come, ensue, fall, give, supervene
definition 2: to be found; appear.
Some colors never occur in nature.
synonyms:
appear, come up
similar words:
arise, be, come out, emerge, exist, show, surface, transpire
definition 3: to emerge in thought (usu. fol. by to).
The idea that he might hurt himself never occurred to him.Has it ever occurred to you to consider someone else's feelings?
synonyms:
come to, dawn on, strike
similar words:
come, hit, impress
Word Parts
The word occur contains the following parts:
oc- Latin prefix that means towards; against; away
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The prefix oc- is an assimilated form of ob- used before roots beginning with "c." See ob-.
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cur1, curr, cor1, corr, curs, cour1, cours Latin root that means to run