occur to - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyoccur to
he/she/itoccurs to
present participleoccurring to
past tenseoccurred to
past participleoccurred to
  1. [never passive] occur to someone if a thought or idea occurs to you, you suddenly and unexpectedly start to think about it

    The thought of giving up never occurred to me.

    it occurs to someone that:

    It suddenly occurred to her that Joe was afraid of being alone.

    it occurs to someone to do something:

    It didn’t occur to her to ask how he’d found her.

See also main entry: occur