Definition of occurrence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈkʌrəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkɜːrəns//
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  1. 1[countable] something that happens or exists a common/everyday/frequent/regular occurrence Vandalism used to be a rare occurrence here. The program counts the number of occurrences of any word within the text.
  2. 2[uncountable] occurrence (of something) the fact of something happening or existing a link between the occurrence of skin cancer and the use of computer monitors
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: probably from the plural of archaic occurrent, in the same sense, via French from Latin occurrent- ‘befalling’, from the verb occurrere ‘go to meet, present itself’, from ob- ‘against’ + currere ‘to run’.Extra examples These mild fits are quite a common occurrence in babies. a past occurrence of breast cancer the low occurrence of heart disease in this particular group words with a high frequency of occurrence in language Increased life expectancy means that it is now a rare occurrence for children to be orphaned. Landslips and earthquakes are not everyday occurrences in this country. The document addresses the occurrence of arsenic in drinking water. The program counts the number of occurrences of any word or group or words, within the text. Vandalism has become a regular occurrence in recent times.
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