Definition of occurrence in English:


Syllabification: oc·cur·rence
Pronunciation: /əˈkərəns


  • 1An incident or event: vandalism used to be a rare occurrence
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    • He saw that she showed no sign of being scared on account of the occurrence of a political incident.
    • Pipher has noted that adolescent girls tend to report events and occurrences dramatically and emotionally.
    • A sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical injury.
  • 1.1The fact or frequency of something happening: the occurrence of cancer increases with age
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    • The frequency of occurrence of conduits within different area classes decreases with increasing area.
    • Linguists and language teachers often take account of the frequency of occurrence of linguistic items and features.
    • Ranking of variables was done by the frequency of occurrence of each descriptor in all 140 models.
    existence, instance, appearance, manifestation, materialization, development; frequency, incidence, rate, prevalence; Statistics distribution
  • 1.2The fact of something existing or being found in a place or under a particular set of conditions: the occurrence of natural gas fields
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    • These biozones are commonly of restricted or local occurrence.
    • Here, we shall confine our attention to discussing the conditions which must be satisfied if their occurrence is to be compulsory.
    • The conditions for the occurrence of oscillatory behaviour were explored and the responses described in detail.


mid 16th century: probably from the plural of archaic occurrent, in the same sense, via French from Latin occurrent- 'befalling', from the verb occurrere (see occur).

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