Definition of recur in English:

recur

Syllabification: re·cur
Pronunciation: /riˈkər
 
/

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, repeat (itself); come back (again), return, reappear, appear again
  • 1.1(Of a thought, image, or memory) come back to one’s mind: Steve’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 favorite 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.

Derivatives

recurrence

Pronunciation: /riˈkərəns, -ˈkə-rəns/
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.

Origin

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

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