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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OCCURS

Not infrequently it occurs that a person who has paid to get in pays twice as much to get out.

After much hesitation, it occurs to him that there may be a face in it somewhere.

About this time it occurs to the stage manager that the play might as well end.

I was foolish never to think of that possibility, it occurs so often.

The “bamboo basket” is a Moses motive which occurs in other Chinese fairy-tales.

Everything that occurs has a cause, an infinite line of causes.

It occurs to me now that it was because his lordship was, how shall I say?

I wonder whether you will agree with another remark which occurs to me.

On second thought it occurs to me that maybe they are mainly yours.

It occurs to me, Andre, that I was mistaken in coming to you.

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.