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Definition of occur verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    occur

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈkɜː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkɜːr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they occur
    BrE BrE//əˈkɜː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkɜːr//
     
    he / she / it occurs
    BrE BrE//əˈkɜːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkɜːrz//
     
    past simple occurred
    BrE BrE//əˈkɜːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkɜːrd//
     
    past participle occurred
    BrE BrE//əˈkɜːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkɜːrd//
     
    -ing form occurring
    BrE BrE//əˈkɜːrɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkɜːrɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] (formal) to happen When exactly did the incident occur? Something unexpected occurred.
  2. 2  [intransitive] + adv./prep. to exist or be found somewhere Sugar occurs naturally in fruit. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Latin occurrere ‘go to meet, present itself’, from ob- ‘against’ + currere ‘to run’.Extra examples Opportunities for learning occur spontaneously every day. These chemical changes occur naturally. the problems that occur among people living together A new outbreak of smallpox occurred in 1928. Impact occurred seconds after the pilot signalled for help. Lemurs occur in the wild only in Madagascar. Major economic changes have occurred recently. More deaths occur in winter. Peasant rebellions occurred throughout the 16th century. The collision occurred near the hospital. The explosion occurred just after midday. The fits usually occur at night. These climate shifts occurred over less than a decade. Travellers complained about lack of information when travel delays occurred. Phrasal Verbsoccur to somebody
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