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oc·cur / əˈkər/ • v. (-curred , -cur·ring ) [intr.] happen; take place: the accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. ∎  exist or be found to be present in a place or under a particular set of conditions: radon occurs naturally in rocks such as granite. ∎  (occur to) (of a thought or idea) come into the mind of (someone): it occurred to him that he hadn't eaten.