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OCCUR (occurred, occurring)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does occur mean? 

OCCUR (verb)
  The verb OCCUR has 3 senses:

1. come to pass
2. come to one's mind; suggest itself
3. to be found to exist

  Familiarity information: OCCUR used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

OCCUR (verb)

Sense 1occur [BACK TO TOP]


Come to pass

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


come about; hap; happen; occur; take place; go on; fall out; pass off; pass

Context examples:

What is happening? / The meeting took place off without an incidence / Nothing occurred that seemed important

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "occur"):

break; develop; recrudesce (happen)

come around; roll around (happen regularly)

happen; materialise; materialize (come into being; become reality)

bechance; befall; happen (happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance)

bechance; befall; betide (become of; happen to)

coincide; concur (happen simultaneously)

backfire; backlash; recoil (come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect)

chance (be the case by chance)

break (happen or take place)

fall; shine; strike (touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly)

turn out (prove to be in the result or end)

contemporise; contemporize; synchronise; synchronize (happen at the same time)

come off; go off; go over (happen in a particular manner)

recur; repeat (happen or occur again)

arise; come up (result or issue)

intervene (occur between other event or between certain points of time)

transpire (come about, happen, or occur)

give (occur)

operate (happen)

supervene (take place as an additional or unexpected development)

go; proceed (follow a certain course)

come (come to pass; arrive, as in due course)

fall (occur at a specified time or place)

anticipate (be a forerunner of or occur earlier than)

develop (be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP
It ----s that CLAUSE

Sense 2occur [BACK TO TOP]


Come to one's mind; suggest itself

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting


occur; come

Context examples:

It occurred to me that we should hire another secretary / A great idea then came to her

Hypernyms (to "occur" is one way to...):

become (come into existence)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP

Sense 3occur [BACK TO TOP]


To be found to exist

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

sexism occurs in many workplaces / precious stones occur in a large area in Brazil

Hypernyms (to "occur" is one way to...):

appear; come along (come into being or existence, or appear on the scene)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "occur"):

geminate; pair (occur in pairs)

run (occur persistently)

collocate (have a strong tendency to occur side by side)

abound in; pullulate with; teem in (exist in large quantity)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP

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