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The word occur and its family (occurred, occurrence, occurrences, occurring, occurs, reoccur, reoccurred, reoccurring, reoccurs) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb occur

What does occur mean as a doing word?

Occur is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: occurred, occurring

  1. come to pass
  2. come to one's mind; suggest itself
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of occur: come
    • more generic word: become = come into existence
  3. to be found to exist
    • examples: sexism occurs in many workplaces | precious stones occur in a large area in Brazil
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic terms: appear / come along = come into being or existence, or appear on the scene
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb occur


  1. To happen or take place
  2. To present or offer itself
  3. To come or be presented to the mind; to suggest itself.
  4. [sciences] To be present or found.


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Phrases with Occur

  1. co-occur with
  2. co-occur

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Occur

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Google previewPhase Transformations in Metals and Alloys, Third Edition (Revised Reprint) (1992)

by David A. Porter, Kenneth E. Easterling

One of the most fundamental processes that controls the rate at which many transformations occur is the diffusion of atoms. The reason why diffusion occurs is always so as to produce a decrease in Gibbs free energy. As a simple illustration of ...

Google previewHidden World (2010)

by Jason Robert

reason earthquakes occur is that a root needs to be moved. Think of it as a total reorganization. Many earthquakes will be triggered when the treasure leaves the particular root. If it doesn't happen in due time or if it happens in a location of ...

Google previewCNS Regeneration (2011)

Basic Science and Clinical Advances by Jeffrey Kordower, Mark H. Tuszynski

As stated in our first edition, the dogma that regeneration in the central nervous system cannot occur is a myth and there are currently more examples ...

Google previewTeaching about the Future (2012)

by P. Bishop, A. Hines

Being prepared for whatever does occur is a lotmore important. So, in the same way, futurists lookmore carefully at the signs leading to the future, because they can't predict accurately. It's a harder job to deal with multiple possibilities, and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Tauya (2013)

by Lorna MacDonald

The suffixes -mo and -fo occur with fairly high frequency but are not synchronically productive. Many terms which refer to parts of the body or parts of plants include one of these suffixes, e.g., -otamo 'knee'; -ʔosineimo 'navel'; - potiyafo 'hand, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geomorphology (2013)

by Andrew Goudie, Visiting Professor and Special Adviser to the Principal Andrew Goudie

Isolated crescentic dunes or barchans occur in areas of limited sand supply, and coalesce laterally to form crescentic or barchanoid ridges that consist of a series of connected crescents in plan view as sand availability increases. Larger forms ...

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Usage statistics about occur

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb occur:

spoken English20.56%written English79.44% imaginative writing24.43%informational writing75.57%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb occur:


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Quotes about Occur

Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. (Muriel Spark)
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Scrabble value of O1C3C3U1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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