• WordNet 3.6
    • v occur come to pass "What is happening?","The meeting took place off without an incidence","Nothing occurred that seemed important"
    • v occur come to one's mind; suggest itself "It occurred to me that we should hire another secretary","A great idea then came to her"
    • v occur to be found to exist "sexism occurs in many workplaces","precious stones occur in a large area in Brazil"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 50% of the wedding in the U.S. occur in the afternoon
    • Occur To come to the mind; to arise in the mind; to suggest itself; to be presented to the imagination or memory; -- of an idea or thought; as, it never occurred to me to call John to ask. "There doth not occur to me any use of this experiment for profit."
    • Occur To go in order to meet; to make reply. "I must occur to one specious objection."
    • Occur To happen; to take place; as, I will write if opportunity occurs .
    • Occur To meet one's eye; to be found or met with; to present itself; to appear. "In Scripture, though the word heir occur , yet there is no such thing as “heir” in our author's sense."
    • Occur To meet; to clash. "The resistance of the bodies they occur with."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The highest consumption of Pizza occurs during Super Bowl week
    • occur To run to, as for the purpose of assisting.
    • occur To run together; meet; clash.
    • occur To strike the senses; be found; be met with: as, silver often occurs native; the statement occurs repeatedly.
    • occur To emerge as an event into the actual world; happen; take place; come to pass; befall: as, what has occurred?
    • occur To strike the mind: with to.
    • occur Eccles., to coincide in time, so as to interfere each with the celebration of the other: as, two holy days occur. One of the days so occurring may be a Sunday, or a movable feast, the other being an immovable feast.
    • occur To refer: with to.
    • occur Synonyms To come to pass, come about, fall out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 90% of poison exposures occur in homes
    • v.i Occur o-kur′ to come or be presented to the mind: to happen: to appear: to be found here and there: to coincide in time
    • pr.p Occur occur′ring; pa.p. occurred′
    • adj Occur (B.) coming in the way
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  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.”
  • B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner
    B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner
    “The consequences of an act affect the probability of it's occurring again.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.”
  • Colin Powell
    Colin Powell
    “The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. occurrere, occursum,; ob,see Ob-) + currere, to run. See Course


In literature:

Nothing further occurred to interrupt the voyage, until the two English vessels sighted Cape Frio.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It may, however, occur at any age.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Aldrich and Duvall (1955:22) indicated several localities in northern Coahuila where the Turkey occurs or occurred.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
On the 1st of that month occurred the first brush with the enemy.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
While it often occurs solitary, it does occur sometimes in groups.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
The first total eclipse which occurred after the spectroscope had been placed in the hands of astronomers was in 1868.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The incidents of the preceding night soon came into my memory, and passed rapidly one by one as they had occurred.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
It often occurs in unventilated tenements on stifling nights.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
There things unexpected and unexplainable occur.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The last severe outbreak occurred in New Orleans in 1905 when eight thousand cases and nine hundred deaths occurred.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane

In poetry:

“Consider the lilies!”
But, it occurs to me,
Does any one consider
The lily and the bee?
"The Lily and the Bee" by Henry Lawson
George the Third
Ought never to have occurred.
One can only wonder
At so grotesque a blunder.
"Clerihew – George III" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Sting him only with the spur
Of such wit as may occur,
Knightly Rider of the Knee,
In thy shriek of ecstasy.
"The Rider Of The Knee" by James Whitcomb Riley
No social earthquake e'er occurred
To rack their common mind:
To them a Panic was a word -
A Crisis, empty wind.
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The Beaver had counted with scrupulous care,
Attending to every word:
But it fairly lost heart, and outgrabe in despair,
When the third repetition occurred.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
If I had never met or loved thee so,
To part would not have caused me this sharp pain;
Parting so oft occurring here below,
And they who part so seldom meet again.
"Good-Bye" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

Blood spatter patterns on walls and ceiling can provide a wealth of information about both the events that occurred and about the attacker.
The entry occurred some time after 8 am that day.
The theft in question occurred overnight a couple weeks ago.
A Crime Alert is being issued in Cumberland County following the recent " Blue Light Bandit" robberies that have recently occurred in surrounding areas.
Three Bogart residents on Lane Creek Road were the targets of thieves early Tuesday, but investigators have not linked the thieves to a spate of similar crimes that recently occurred in the area.
Spinner's book tells the story of the train wreck that occurred in Naperville, Ill.
It has always occurred, that when a struggle was mounted against racism, a struggle that involved whites as well as people of color, the doors to a better society opened wider for us all.
"The term 'elsewhere' occurred quite a lot," Maginn added, "with Kansas City being a current rail hub and a historical rail hub and a train embarkation point.
Todd Johnson said the crashes occurred at 5:46 am near mile post 15 and the Hansel Valley exit.
Westbound commuters had only a single lane on the Braga Bridge for a while, as a crash that occurred before 8 am on June 28 had traffic backed up beyond Route 24 before clearing around 8:30.
It went thru inspection 3 months ago and I admit that I don't preflight so I'm not sure when it occurred.
The idea was to gain early insight on how to contain the public health threat if a viral mutation occurred naturally, but now officials say they want the studies censored to stop the information from falling into the wrong hands.
A Rogers-area woman who stole money from her employer was sentenced to probation and ordered to repay the funds, in action this occurred this week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.
Peter's Senior Lunches occur on the third Tuesday of every month, from 12 until 2 pm.
Friday's horrible shooting in Colorado occurred in yet another place where guns are banned.

In science:

We should exclude two other possibilities: the first one - that this will occur on another line, second o,e - that it will occur on the line y = ±n, but on a slice different from n.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
The above RG equations also admit fixed points of lower symmetry SM (with M < N ) at which domains of M phases each occur with equal probability, and other domain-types do not occur at low energy.
Permutation-Symmetric Multicritical Points in Random Antiferromagnetic Spin Chains
D in such a way that no crossing occurs of type r occurs.
Random Surfaces
We claim that if each of these events occurs and A(ai ) occurs for each i, then B (0) must also occur.
Random Surfaces
In retrospect, both Proposition 4 and Lemma 1, can be proved by comparing the coefficient of the second highest power of x1 occurring on both sides of the equation (3), as in the proofs occurring in the next section.
Unique decomposition of tensor products of irreducible representations of simple algebraic groups