Definition of recur in English:

recur

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈkəː
 
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verb (recurs, recurring, recurred)

[no object]
1Occur again periodically or repeatedly: when the symptoms recurred, the doctor diagnosed something different (as adjective recurring) a recurring theme
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  • In this article I would like to share with readers the themes that recur repeatedly in studies of successful organisations.
  • Attacks tend to occur in clusters, and symptoms may recur after an apparent period of remission.
  • As the problem recurs, the cycle repeats with expanded control or regulation.
Synonyms
happen again, reoccur, occur again, be repeated, repeat (itself);
happen repeatedly, come and go;
reappear, appear again, flare up
1.1(Of a thought, image, or memory) come back to one’s mind: Oglethorpe’s words kept recurring to him
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  • And if many thought that Mitchell's remarks about Bruton were an attempt to position himself for a seemingly inevitable leadership contest at that time, the thought has recently recurred in many of those suspicious minds.
  • The image recurs in my fantasies of that girl half-heartedly attempting to stop what was going to happen.
  • I don't know what I was thinking writing that but it is an image which recurs in my head.
1.2 (recur to) Go back to (something) in thought or speech: the book remained a favourite and she constantly recurred to it
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  • So much has been said and written about the long-continued epidemic of scarlet fever in Kendal that I recur to the subject with great reluctance; but it is inevitable.
  • The microscopic study is highly facilitated by the possibility of preparing whole mounts of the fixed and stained transparent membrane without the necessity of recurring to the section method.
  • These letters are familiar, occasionally intimate, but on the whole quotidian, recurring to her real estate woes and his ne'er-do-well relations.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'return to'): from Latin recurrere, from re- 'again, back' + currere 'run'.

Derivatives

recurrence

noun
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  • The average is about four recurrences per year, and for many individuals the number of recurrences decreases as time goes on.
  • Jail time alone, unless it was a lot of jail time, was unlikely to prevent a recurrence.
  • We consider the risk of recurrence of the problem to be very low.

recurringly

adverb
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  • This summer Celtic have been linked with Shaka Hislop, Mark Bosnich and, recurringly, Alex Manninger.
  • He dreamed recurringly that he was roaming over a landscape that was strange to him and yet he knew it to be his own territory.
  • Behind the achievement was a growing sentiment, expressed recurringly in the Group of 7 summit, that the rules-based trade regime faced the process of collapse.

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