from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To take place; come about. See Synonyms at happen.
- intransitive v. To be found to exist or appear: Copper deposits occur in the region.
- intransitive v. To come to mind: The idea never occurred to me.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To happen or take place.
- v. To present or offer itself.
- v. To come or be presented to the mind; to suggest itself.
- v. To be present or found.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To meet; to clash.
- intransitive v. To go in order to meet; to make reply.
- intransitive v. To meet one's eye; to be found or met with; to present itself; to appear.
- intransitive v. To happen; to take place.
- intransitive v. To come to the mind; to arise in the mind; to suggest itself; to be presented to the imagination or memory; -- of an idea or thought.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To run to, as for the purpose of assisting.
- To run together; meet; clash.
- To strike the senses; be found; be met with: as, silver often occurs native; the statement occurs repeatedly.
- To emerge as an event into the actual world; happen; take place; come to pass; befall: as, what has occurred?
- To strike the mind: with to.
- Eccles., to coincide in time, so as to interfere each with the celebration of the other: as, two holy days occur.
- To refer: with to.
- Synonyms To come to pass, come about, fall out.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. come to one's mind; suggest itself
- v. come to pass
- v. to be found to exist
Latin occurrere : ob-, toward; see ob- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally "meet, meet in argument", from Middle French occurrer, from Latin occurrō ("run to meet, run against, befall, present itself") from prefix ob- ("against") + verb currō ("run, hurry, move"). (Wiktionary)