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 themeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a thought, image, or memory) come back to one’s mind: Steve’s words kept recurring to himMore example sentences
- 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 favorite and she constantly recurred to itMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
Pronunciation: /riˈkərəns, -ˈkə-rəns/noun
Middle English (in the sense 'return to'): from Latin recurrere, from re- 'again, back' + currere 'run'.