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a clash occurs
▪ A number of clashes occurred throughout the south between these opposing groups.
a crash happens/occurs
▪ The three-vehicle crash happened on the corner of Ongar Road.
a problem arises/occurs (also a problem comes up) (= it happens)
▪ Problems may arise when the family wants to move house.
a thought occurs to/comes to/strikes sb (=someone suddenly has a thought)
▪ The thought occurred to him that she might be lying.
a tragedy happens/occurs
▪ The tragedy happened shortly before 5pm on Saturday.
an error arises/occursformal (= happens)
▪ If an error occurs, you will have two more chances to re-enter your password.
an explosion occursformal
▪ The explosion occurred just off the coast of Greece.
an incident occursformal:
▪ The tragic incident occurred just after midnight.
an injury happens/occurs
▪ The injury occurred five minutes into the game.
erosion happens/occurs
▪ The highest rates of erosion occur where soil is exposed to drought.
▪ Such inquiries also occur face-to-face during the course of an interview or selection procedure.
▪ The disease also occurred in men, but less frequently.
▪ Whenever a circumstance of this kind exists, there also occurs a starting-to-work of the wipers.
▪ As a species, indeed, it may be in less danger than three other kites which also occur on this continent.
▪ Links also occur between the two optic lobes and run from the medial part of the protocerebrum to each medulla separately.
▪ In addition to detaching synapses, reduced connectivity also occurs by neuron death in some cortical regions.
▪ If changes in the distribution of income have also occurred, the improvement may only be a potential one.
▪ Nutrient renewal also occurs more rapidly under a managed fallow system than it does under unmanaged fallow for a number of reasons.
▪ It occurs in almost all the rocks of this age throughout the world.
▪ Leg cramps also occurred in about 5 percent of women on raloxifene compared with 1. 5 percent on placebo.
▪ Thus participation occurs in these sports on average once every 4 days.
▪ Violation of expectation Violation of expectation can occur in both melodic and harmonic lines; however it is subject to certain restraints.
▪ It occurred in about the same area as major quakes that hit the region in 1949 and 1965.
▪ Prior to Puhlhofer, failure to obtain leave to proceed by judicial review occurred in less than 10 percent of the applications.
In 1916, 95 percent of the cases occurred in children under nine years old.
▪ It is far better to use a naturally occurring resource-sunlight.
▪ Tryptophan is a naturally occurring amino acid.
▪ Arsenic is one of the most widespread naturally occurring poisons.
▪ Experts believe the contamination is the result of a vein of naturally occurring uranium.
▪ They occur naturally, forming part of the membranes of cells.
▪ Without the capability to deal with punctuation, rule-based systems are unable to deal with many naturally occurring linguistic constructions.
▪ You are repeatedly pairing tension followed by relaxation, which you hope ultimately occurs naturally over time.
▪ It never occurred to me how disproportionate was the punishment to the offence.
▪ It never occurred to me that they might scratch me or hurt me, even accidentally, and they never did.
▪ In his wildest dreams, it had never occurred to Fabio that he might help any of these children.
▪ It never occurs to us that John Travolta, say, or Julia Roberts, perhaps, might also be serious snorers.
▪ It had never occurred to me that you'd object.
▪ And after his death, it never occurred to anyone that maybe one day the government would count the ballots.
▪ This last point never occurs to Honderich, who equates Conservatism with the new right.
▪ The thought of Salomon Brothers in Prague had possibly never occurred to anyone in the seventy-five-year history of the firm.
▪ These difficulties often occur following a stroke, leaving the capacity to understand less damaged, but speaking and sometimes reading impaired.
▪ Unlike child care considerations, which often can be planned months in advance, eldercare issues often occur without warning.
▪ They often occur because of conflicting considerations producing inactivity.
▪ Another problem that often occurs is improper recording of measurements.
▪ This often occurs in a phobic situation, such as a crowded noisy room, or under circumstances of tension.
▪ Matching often occurs when food is served, but the sharing may be haphazard.
▪ All those decisions can often occur within a five-minute entrepreneurial time span.
▪ Yet Moore did not think value could only occur in relation to human experience.
▪ Great determination only occurs when there is great passion.
▪ These natural wonders occur only here and in the gulf of Tonkin: connoisseurs rate Phang Nga.
▪ Sleep is associated with certain brain waves that only occur in a warmed animal.
▪ The sensation only occurs when the nerve impulse reaches the brain.
▪ Capitalization occurs only where normal according to grammatical rules.
▪ In general, such luxury items occur only rarely in Lincoln and the owners may well have been relatively wealthy burghers.
▪ Does the dizziness occur only upon arising from a sitting or lying position?
▪ The fish-scoop occurs when the object lying on the ground is very static.
▪ This decomposition, called aerobic, does not occur when the substrate medium is air-tight.
▪ The first instance most commonly occurs when a group of students complete training at the same time.
▪ Amyloidosis occurs when an abnormal protein becomes fibrous and becomes deposited in the heart muscle.
▪ A normal distribution has a kurtosis measure of 3, and a leptokurtic distribution occurs when the kurtosis is well over 3.
▪ It occurs when Chan nonchalantly eases himself down a brick wall, bracing his legs against a convenient palm tree.
▪ Such situations often occur when people make a particular journey between two places by more than one mode of transport.
▪ The disorder occurs when there is a mismatch between the blood of a pregnant woman and that of her baby.
▪ Many more tragic and fatal accidents have occurred there.
▪ The accident occurred in the afternoon.
▪ These refer to victims of road accidents occurring throughout Lothian and not necessarily in the eligible areas themselves.
▪ On April 26, 1986, a nuclear accident occurred at Chernobyl in the Soviet Union.
▪ According to a report commissioned by Greenpeace, a serious accident could occur.
▪ The accident occurred at 11: 40 p.m.
▪ Male speaker Many of the accidents occur because of inadequate education.
▪ I was deeply thankful that the accident had occurred on a sunny day and with a calm sea.
▪ Besides, more civilian deaths have occurred in the area from earthquakes than in recent wars.
▪ The Forster's tern occurs year-round in our area.
▪ Another instance in which the government subsidises private concerns occurs in the area of industrial training.
▪ Arata said 12 auto burglaries, two auto thefts and one attempted theft occurred in the area Sunday night.
▪ The final variant on provision for cyclists occurs in areas where streets are relatively narrow and pass predominantly through housing districts.
▪ Redeployment Redeployed staff should be given consideration for vacancies occurring within any area of the Group.
▪ To this day the privatization of agriculture has yet to occur in tlie agricultural areas of the old Soviet Union.
▪ In Jansher's case, this can occur at will.
▪ It is a disease primarily of men, with only 5 percent of cases occurring in women, usually after menopause.
▪ In such cases spawning often occurs successfully, almost immediately.
▪ Before it was over, 204 so-called vaccine-associated cases occurred, about three-fourths of which were paralytic.
▪ There are, however, many cases in which differentiation occurs within what at first looks like a homogeneous sheet of tissue.
▪ This year, an estimated 1, 382, 400 new cancer cases will occur, accompanied by 560, 000 deaths.
▪ There are, however, exceptional cases which occur when and.
▪ Summary of section 1.2 Although the economy is continually changing, some periods experience marked upheavals as structural change occurs.
▪ Real change will occur because measurement systems will change.
▪ This was removed by holding the temperature high under pressure until all temperature-induced changes had occurred.
▪ To deal with the disruptions it created, many employees simply denied that the change had occurred.
▪ Such a unit of goodness has been defined as the result of the slightest favourable evolutionary change that could occur.
▪ These kinds of changes desperately had to occur.
▪ It is tempting to underestimate the scale and radical nature of changes occurring around us, socially or geographically.
▪ That change occurred because many builders and contractors were sued by homeowners' associations over shoddy construction practices.
▪ Besides, more civilian deaths have occurred in the area from earthquakes than in recent wars.
▪ At least fifteen of these deaths occurred in women aged twenty-five to fifty, who were healthy when they started the diet.
▪ About a third of deaths caused by smoking occur in people aged under 65.
▪ And after his death, it never occurred to anyone that maybe one day the government would count the ballots.
▪ In camps where previously 10-20 children had died each day death was uncommon and occurred mainly among new arrivals.
▪ For those deaths which occurred at home the excess was 236.
▪ Both deaths had occurred the year before, not long after John Langford had cut short my visit.
▪ Mail failed to print An unexpected error has occurred while trying to print mail.
▪ Also, when do the errors occur?
▪ If a validation error occurs this will be reported and the remainder of the inputs will not be validated.
▪ When two planes come closer than that, an error has occurred.
▪ The few first letter errors which do occur are in words with silent consonants, for example know and write.
▪ Transcription errors occur with 3 percent to 5 percent of paper returns.
▪ Check the incident log file for errors which may have occurred earlier and resolve these.
▪ A form letter should be completed and sent to the supplier when errors occur.
▪ Only in this way can we study the probability of the second event occurring.
▪ Probably most of the lethal events that have occurred have killed their only eyewitnesses.
▪ Two events occurred that ensured, for the time being at least, no such a change in Congressional attitudes would occur.
▪ But at the time this event occurred, the gulf between intellect and faith was gaping ever wider.
▪ Historiography arose when an event occurred which in its magnitude matched the greatest events celebrated in legend.
▪ All of those events occurred well before the stock got close to its high for the year.
▪ Some identifiable affective event occurred inside you.
▪ The event will occur on the same date that then-Gov.
▪ We have to rely on the occasional incident of this kind occurring naturally, and study that.
▪ The company has acknowledged that some incidents of harassment occurred, but denies allegations that it was widely tolerated.
▪ Similar incidents occurred all over the Old City and the manpower Owen could command was stretched to its limit.
▪ An incident that occurred at Hue during the summer of 1885 exemplified their renewed ferocity.
▪ The second incident occurred when Reactor 3 shut down automatically on November 15.
▪ Our hearts go out to each and every family where such an incident occurs.
▪ They were in the fifth field near a copse of native trees when the incident occurred.
▪ But another incident occurred to prevent an accord, and once more it involved the persistent Lefebvre.
▪ This doesn't matter on the odd occasion; it is only a problem if it occurs regularly.
▪ As planners have since learned, the problems that have occurred were those not under consideration during the planning process.
▪ After the intensive twelve months support with the project, girls need somewhere to come with any problems that may occur later.
▪ The first major communication problem occurred on the morning of departure.
▪ Communication problems may occur in the exchange of information and the expression of emotion.
▪ Sometimes a single drug may have no effect on sleep, but when it is combined with another medication problems can occur.
▪ Cattle and horses cause similar problems where they occur.
▪ Another problem that often occurs is improper recording of measurements.
▪ How is it possible for endothermic processes to occur spontaneously, and will a given reaction occur spontaneously?
▪ Secondly, why has a similar process not occurred in the case of other venerated images?
▪ This is precisely the process that occurs during a two-pass load, as the synonyms are stored on the second pass.
▪ The same process occurred with a red or purple one.
▪ The actual manner in which these processes occur and/or co-operate is the subject of much debate within the psycho-linguistic community.
▪ The natural decomposition process which occurs in landfills also produces large quantities of methane and thereby presents a significant explosion hazard.
▪ These restrict some of the conceivable processes whereby excitation could occur, while allowing others to occur with very few restrictions.
▪ I think the same process occurs in the repetitive rhythm of slow long-distance running.
▪ It only occurs as a result of the incorporation of these societies into capitalist systems.
▪ This occurs as the result of toxins that form as mechanical energy is converted to electrical energy.
▪ Some have occurred as a result of lime and fertiliser applications coupled with more intensive grazing of livestock.
▪ The changes that occurred as a result of this rethinking set the stage for Workplace 2000.
▪ Such variations occur as a result of density variations associated with a temperature or concentration field.
▪ Some terrifying situations occur as a result.
▪ Lipid loss occurs as a result of using harsh skin care products and damage from the elements.
▪ The physical symptoms occur as a result of too much oxygen and too little carbon dioxide.
▪ It is also possible to continue as a graduate without eh thought occurring.
▪ That thought had occurred to me before I was hauled off to Southwold police station for the interrogation.
▪ An odd thought occurred to him.
▪ The thought inevitably occurs as to whether his studies and the sharing of his uncle's austerities had undermined his health.
▪ Strange that thought hadn't occurred to him before.
▪ A similar thought occurred to me.
▪ Some of these changes seem to occur at an early stage of the neoplastic process.
▪ Enlargement of that pie does not yet seem to have occurred to those who enter these increasingly unhappy competitions.
▪ Although no troubles seem to occur from excess calcium; if both calcium and phosphorus levels are high, damage can result.
▪ It never seemed to occur to him that anyone would give him incorrect information.
▪ The fact that he was now sheltering within it does not seem to have occurred to him.
▪ Its at the cortical level where that interaction between environment and emotions seems to occur.
▪ Maybe I should have been more tactful but it didn't seem to occur to me.
▪ Laws are passed, orders are given, compliance seems to occur, but nothing changes.
▪ Chromium and nickel occur commonly in areas which are also rich in magnesium.
▪ Giraldes claims he was with his wife when the killings occurred.
▪ Major earthquakes like this occur very rarely.
▪ The court will have to decide exactly what occurred on the night Mellor died.
▪ The disease occurs mainly in children, but can also occur in adults.
▪ The Japanese "f' sound does not occur in European languages.
▪ He decided then that he wouldn't let that situation occur again.
▪ In young children, construction occurs almost exclusively when they perform actions on objects.
▪ It occurred to him now that Blackbeard had got on his tracks in the fog.
▪ It would be unfortunate if something occurred to curtail our partnership.
▪ Substantially the reverse occurs in the adversely affected cigarette industry.
▪ The accident occurred about 11: 40 p. m. Friday.
▪ When I was a small boy, quite serious fires seemed to occur in Salisbury with great frequency.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Occur \Oc*cur"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Occurred; p. pr. & vb. n. Occurring.] [L. occurrere, occursum; ob (see Ob-) + currere to run. See Course.]

  1. To meet; to clash. [Obs.]

    The resistance of the bodies they occur with.

  2. To go in order to meet; to make reply. [Obs.]

    I must occur to one specious objection.

  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.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, "meet, meet in argument," from Middle French occurrer "happen unexpectedly" or directly from Latin occurrere "run to meet, run against, befall, present itself," from ob "against, toward" (see ob-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense development is from "meet" to "present itself" to "appear" to "happen" ("present itself in the course of events"). Meaning "to come into one's mind" is from 1620s. Related: Occurred; occurring.


vb. To happen or take place.

  1. v. 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"

  4. [also: occurring, occurred]

Usage examples of "occur".

Scott Velie commenced his prepared speech as he sat, holding in abeyance his moment for rising, which was timed to occur at the delivery of a key sentence halfway into his brief statement.

In many of his contemporaries also much the same fluctuation of mood was occurring, and to them as to Paul it seemed that the issue lay between the old faith, however modernized, and the complete abnegation of human dignity.

Weeden gave it to his companion after the end, as a mute clue to the abnormality which had occurred, or whether, as is more probable, Smith had it before, and added the underscoring himself from what he had managed to extract from his friend by shrewd guessing and adroit cross-questioning.

Finally, he points out the practical bearing of the subject--for example, the probability of calculus causing sudden suppression of urine in such cases--and also the danger of surgical interference, and suggests the possibility of diagnosing the condition by ascertaining the absence of the opening of one ureter in the bladder by means of the cystoscope, and also the likelihood of its occurring where any abnormality of the genital organs is found, especially if this be unilateral.

For when it is stated, for instance, that the German Spitz dog unites more easily than other dogs with foxes, or that certain South American indigenous domestic dogs do not readily cross with European dogs, the explanation which will occur to everyone, and probably the true one, is that these dogs have descended from several aboriginally distinct species.

In the second case, in a youth of sixteen, death occurred after washing out a deep abscess of the nates with the same solution.

Very few fruits these days are allowed to remain attached to their mother plant until abscission occurs.

These trials were made with cut offleaves, and it occurred to me that this circumstance might influence the result, as the footstalks would not perhaps absorb water quickly enough to supply the glands as they continued to secrete.

It occurred to me in passing that if Acer had gotten Val killed because her miner was too much ship for him, I would have to torture him to death.

This is specially apt to occur when sodium acetate is present, although it may also be due to excessive dilution.

How could that potentiality come to actuality unless there be, first, an effective principle to induce the actualization which, left to chance, might never occur?

Even densely peopled areas like north Kent, the Sussex coast, west Gloucestershire and east Somerset, immediately adjoin areas like the Weald of Kent and Sussex where Romano-British remains hardly occur.

Technically, the adjudicator had yet to rule that murder had occurred.

Many of the tests specified in the Allen citation to determine the character of ink constituents, if made alone are practically valueless, because the same behavior occurs with different materials employed in the admixture of ink.

With a loss of some two hundred men the leading regiments succeeded in reaching Colenso, and the West Surrey, advancing by rushes of fifty yards at a time, had established itself in the station, but a catastrophe had occurred at an earlier hour to the artillery which was supporting it which rendered all further advance impossible.