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noun occurrence pronunciation in British English /əˈkʌrəns/
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pluraloccurrences
  1. [countable] something that happens, especially something unexpected and unpleasant

    Unfortunately, computer errors are a common occurrence.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the fact of something existing or happening, especially something unexpected and unpleasant
      occurrence of:

      the widespread occurrence of gold in river deposits

      an increase in the occurrence of skin cancer

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