Recur Re*cur" (r?*k?r"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Recurred} (-k?rd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Recurring}.] [L. recurrere; pref. re- re- + currere to run. See {Current}.] 1. To come back; to return again or repeatedly; to come again to mind. [1913 Webster]

When any word has been used to signify an idea, the old idea will recur in the mind when the word is heard. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. To occur at a stated interval, or according to some regular rule; as, the fever will recur to-night. [1913 Webster]

3. To resort; to have recourse; to go for help. [1913 Webster]

If, to avoid succession in eternal existence, they recur to the ``punctum stans'' of the schools, they will thereby very little help us to a more positive idea of infinite duration. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

{Recurring decimal} (Math.), a circulating decimal. See under {Decimal}.

{Recurring series} (Math.), an algebraic series in which the coefficients of the several terms can be expressed by means of certain preceding coefficients and constants in one uniform manner. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • recur — mid 15c., from L. recurrere to return, come back, from re back, again (see RE (Cf. re )) + currere to run (see CURRENT (Cf. current)). Originally of persons; application to thoughts, ideas, etc. is recorded from 1704 …   Etymology dictionary

  • recur — *return, revert, recrudesce Analogous words: *repeat, iterate, reiterate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • recur — has inflected forms recurred, recurring …   Modern English usage

  • recur — [v] happen again; repeat in one’s mind be remembered, be repeated, come again, come and go, come back, crop up again*, haunt thoughts*, iterate, persist, reappear, recrudesce, reiterate, repeat, return, return to mind, revert, run through one’s… …   New thesaurus

  • recur — ► VERB (recurred, recurring) 1) occur again. 2) (of a thought, image, etc.) come back to one s mind. DERIVATIVES recurrence noun. ORIGIN Latin recurrere, from currere run …   English terms dictionary

  • recur — [ri kʉr′] vi. recurred, recurring [L recurrere < re , back + currere, to run: see COURSE] 1. to have recourse (to) 2. to return, as in thought, talk, or memory [recurring to an earlier question] 3. to occur again, as in talk or memory; come up …   English World dictionary

  • recur */ — UK [rɪˈkɜː(r)] / US [rɪˈkɜr] verb [intransitive] Word forms recur : present tense I/you/we/they recur he/she/it recurs present participle recurring past tense recurred past participle recurred a) to happen again We must make sure that the problem …   English dictionary

  • Recur — To occur again. To return. Any symptom (such as fatigue), any sign (such as a heart murmur), or any disease can recur. * * * recurrence, recurrent * * * re·cur ri kər vi, re·curred; re·cur·ring to occur again after an interval <a disease… …   Medical dictionary

  • recur — verb ADVERB ▪ constantly, frequently, repeatedly ▪ This is a constantly recurring problem which we must deal with. VERB + RECUR ▪ be likely to ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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