from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.
  • intransitive v. To return to one's attention or memory.
  • intransitive v. To return in thought or discourse.
  • intransitive v. To have recourse: recur to the use of force.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To have recourse (to) someone or something for assistance, support etc.
  • v. To happen again.
  • v. To recurse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To come back; to return again or repeatedly; to come again to mind.
  • intransitive v. To occur at a stated interval, or according to some regular rule.
  • intransitive v. To resort; to have recourse; to go for help.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go or come back; return: literally or figuratively.
  • To return in thought or recollection.
  • To return to the thought or mind.
  • To resort; have recourse; turn for aid.
  • To occur again or be repeated at stated intervals, or according to some rule.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have recourse to
  • v. happen or occur again
  • v. return in thought or speech to something


Latin recurrere : re-, re- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin recurro ("run back") (Wiktionary)



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