re·cur / riˈkər/ • v. (-curred, -cur·ring) [intr.] occur again, periodically, or repeatedly: when the symptoms recurred, the doctor diagnosed something different | [as adj.] (recurring) a recurring theme. ∎ (of a thought, image, or memory) come back to one's mind: Steve's words kept recurring to him. ∎ (recur to) go back to (something) in thought or speech: the book remained a favorite and she constantly recurred to it.DERIVATIVES: re·cur·rence / riˈkərəns; -ˈkə-rəns/ n.