verb (used without object), re·curred, re·cur·ring.

  1. to occur again, as an event, experience, etc.
  2. to return to the mind: The idea kept recurring.
  3. to come up again for consideration, as a question.
  4. to have recourse.

verb -curs, -curring or -curred (intr)

  1. to happen again, esp at regular intervals
  2. (of a thought, idea, etc) to come back to the mind
  3. (of a problem, etc) to come up again
  4. maths (of a digit or group of digits) to be repeated an infinite number of times at the end of a decimal fraction

late 14c., “recover from illness or suffering;” mid-15c., “to return” (to a place), from Latin recurrere “to return, run back, hasten back,” figuratively “revert, recur,” from re- “back, again” (see re-) + currere “to run” (see current (adj.)). Originally of persons; application to thoughts, ideas, etc. is recorded from 1620s. Meaning “happen again” is from 1670s. Related: Recurred; recurring.


  1. To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.
  2. To return to one’s attention or memory.
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