Definition of recurrent in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈkərənt/


1Occurring often or repeatedly: she had a recurrent dream about falling
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  • In a recurrent dream, repeated hundreds of times, she saw herself walking on a narrow bridge toward the Golden City.
  • I croaked, woken from my recurrent dream of loading reams of information onto the computer, by a banshee wail that went on and on, somewhere in the very near vicinity.
  • To this day, I still have recurrent dreams of the Corryvreckan, in which I find myself descending a watery spiral staircase to hell.
repeated, repetitive, periodic, cyclical, seasonal, perennial, regular, frequent;
intermittent, sporadic, spasmodic
2 Anatomy (Of a nerve or blood vessel) turning back so as to reverse direction.
Example sentences
  • It is imperative that the needle be positioned correctly so the recurrent laryngeal and phrenic nerves are not infiltrated with medication.
  • The right recurrent laryngeal nerve usually passes around and behind the subclavian artery and then ascends to enter the larynx.
  • Risks of parathyroid surgery include permanent hypoparathyroidism and damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve.



Example sentences
  • It recurrently operates against the context of scientific or pseudo-scientific theories of psychological schism, and especially of the constituent splitting of bodily and psychic identities.
  • He admits to thinking about it recurrently and finds himself wondering ‘how Jason feels about it now.’
  • This recurrently results in one or more of the following symptoms.


Late 16th century (sense 2): from Latin recurrent- 'running back', from the verb recurrere (see recur).

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Syllabification: re·cur·rent

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