Oc·cur v. i. [imp. & p. p. Occurred p. pr. & vb. n. Occurring ]
1. To meet; to clash. [Obs.]
The resistance of the bodies they occur with. --Bentley.
2. To go in order to meet; to make reply. [Obs.]
I must occur to one specious objection. --Bentley.
3. To meet one's eye; to be found or met with; to present itself; to appear.
In Scripture, though the word heir occur, yet there is no such thing as =\“heir” in our author's sense.\= --Locke.
4. To happen; to take place; as, I will write if opportunity occurs.
5. 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; as, it never occurred to me to call John to ask.
There doth not occur to me any use of this experiment for profit. --Bacon.
v 1: come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place
off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed
important" [syn: happen, hap, go on, pass off, pass,
fall out, come about, take place]
2: come to one's mind; suggest itself; "It occurred to me that
we should hire another secretary"; "A great idea then came
to her" [syn: come]
3: to be found to exist; "sexism occurs in many workplaces";
"precious stones occur in a large area in Brazil"
[also: occurring, occurred]