recur Definition

  • 1(of a thought, idea, or situation) come back to one's mind or memory
  • 2occur again periodically or repeatedly

Using recur: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "recur" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The same problem keeps recurring.

  • Example

    The theme of revenge recurs throughout the novel.

  • Example

    The pain in my knee has recurred.

  • Example

    The issue is likely to recur in future discussions.

recur Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for recur

Phrases with recur

  • turn to and adopt (a course of action, a method, etc.) especially as a last resort


    If necessary, we may have to recur to legal action.

  • happen again to (someone or something)


    The disease recurred on him after a few months.

  • come back to one's mind or memory


    The image of the accident kept recurring to his memory.

Origins of recur

from Latin 'recurrere', meaning 'run back'


Summary: recur in Brief

The verb 'recur' [rɪˈkɜː(r)] means to come back to one's mind or memory, or to occur again periodically or repeatedly. It can be used in phrases like 'The same problem keeps recurring,' and 'The issue is likely to recur in future discussions.' 'Recur' also extends into phrases like 'recur to,' meaning to turn to and adopt a course of action, and 'recur to memory,' meaning to come back to one's mind.