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verb [intransitive] occur pronunciation in American English /əˈkɜr/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyoccur
he/she/itoccurs
present participleoccurring
past tenseoccurred
past participleoccurred
 
  1. 1
    to happen, especially unexpectedly

    The police said that the accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m.

    occur in:

    Complications occurred in only 5% of patients.

  2. 2
    formal to exist or be found somewhere
    occur in/on etc.:

    This small tree also occurs in central and southern India.

    These are just some of the elements that occur on our planet.

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