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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: occurrere, from currere 'to run'

occur

verb
     
oc‧cur S1 W1 past tense and past participle occurred, present participle occurring [intransitive] formal
1 to happen:
A third of accidental deaths occur in the home.
The explosion occurred at 5.30 a.m.
2 [always + adverb/preposition] to happen or exist in a particular place or situation
occur in/among etc
Whooping cough occurs mainly in young children.
The highest rates of unemployment occur in the inner urban areas.

occur to somebody

phrasal verb
if an idea or thought occurs to you, it suddenly comes into your mind
it occurs to somebody to do something
I suppose it didn't occur to you to phone the police?
It never seems to occur to my children to contact me.
it occurs to somebody (that)
It had never occurred to him that he might be falling in love with her.

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