Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OCCURRED

The voyage was more than half completed, and nothing of importance had occurred to mark it.

It occurred to him that he could sell them at a market store in the village.

As these occurred, a rustling and a murmur expressed the subdued applause.

A sudden memory of words that Viviette had used the day before occurred to him.

Do not say a word to anybody about what has occurred to-night.

The last of these, our guide said, had occurred about five moons before.

"You could not imagine what occurred next," said the bright-faced teacher.

It had not occurred to him to try to mislead her, but she evidently did not understand.

It occurred to him that that was all we had ourselves; but that made no difference.

It occurred to him now that this might, in fact, be the time to depart.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.