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1 come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important" [syn: happen, hap, go on, pass off, pass, fall out, come about, take place]
2 come to one's mind; suggest itself; "It occurred to me that we should hire another secretary"; "A great idea then came to her" [syn: come]
3 to be found to exist; "sexism occurs in many workplaces"; "precious stones occur in a large area in Brazil" [also: occurring, occurred]

User Contributed Dictionary



Originally “meet, meet in argument”, from occurrer, from occurrere, (ob- + currere).


  1. To present itself; to offer; to appear; to happen; to take place.
    I will write if opportunity occurs.
  2. To meet or come to the mind; to suggest itself; to be presented to the imagination or memory.
    rfdate convert into real quote There does not occur to me any use of this experiment for profit. - Bacon.

Related terms


present itself
  • Czech: vyskynout se, naskynout se
  • Dutch: zich aanbieden, zich voordoen, plaatsvinden, voorkomen, gebeuren
  • Finnish: esiintyä
  • French: arriver, se produire, se passer, avoir lieu
  • German: vorkommen, passieren
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Portuguese: ocorrer
  • Spanish: ocurrir
meet or come to the mind

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

appear, arise, be, be extant, be found, be in existence, be located, be met with, be present, be realized, be situated, be the case, be there, become manifest, befall, betide, breathe, chance, come, come about, come down, come off, come to, come to mind, come to pass, come true, crop up, dawn on, dawn upon one, develop, dwell in, eventuate, exist, fall, go off, grab one, hap, happen, happen to be, have being, have place, hit, hold, indwell, inhere, lie, live, manifest itself, materialize, obtain, occur to, offer itself, pass, pass off, present itself, prevail, remain, rise to mind, stand, strike, strike the mind, subsist, suggest itself, surface, take place, transpire, turn up
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