Definition of occurrence in US English:

occurrence

noun

  • 1An incident or event.

    ‘vandalism used to be a rare occurrence’
    • ‘There is nothing really unique about this incident since similar occurrences happen regularly.’
    • ‘Career crisis is no longer a rare occurrence for Shanghainese in a society dominated by a market economy.’
    • ‘Councillor Art Rempel agreed, but wondered what can be done to prevent similar occurrences in future.’
    • ‘The discovery of new holes in Windows and Internet Explorer become an everyday occurrence.’
    • ‘A sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical injury.’
    • ‘He saw that she showed no sign of being scared on account of the occurrence of a political incident.’
    • ‘Such incidents and occurrences lead to misconceptions about Islam, which is essentially a religion of peace.’
    • ‘Second, we need to document unusual occurrences.’
    • ‘The company apologised to the court and said it has now introduced procedures to prevent similar occurrences in the future.’
    • ‘For me to be at a loss for words is a very rare occurrence.’
    • ‘Chance occurrence of an event is one in which no cause can be identified explaining its teleological or purposeful specificity.’
    • ‘Conflicts between people are common, normal occurrences.’
    • ‘Confrontations between Emperor Pedro I and local Brazilian aristocracy over the degree of centralization became common occurrences.’
    • ‘I cannot imagine that these two occurrences are isolated incidents.’
    • ‘Pipher has noted that adolescent girls tend to report events and occurrences dramatically and emotionally.’
    • ‘"I think the industry should consider possible solutions to prevent similar occurrences in future, " Li said.’
    • ‘The operator confirms or discards the occurrence of a traffic incident based on the video screen review.’
    • ‘I sincerely hope this man will reflect on my response and consider his action in the event of a similar occurrence.’
    • ‘An unusual and rare occurrence happened at a golf tournament in Loughrea on last Saturday week.’
    • ‘The isochronous data pipe can be stopped and started on the occurrence of specific events.’
    event, incident, happening, phenomenon, affair, matter, experience, circumstance, development, contingency, eventuality
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    1. 1.1 The fact or frequency of something happening.
      ‘the occurrence of cancer increases with age’
      • ‘Hansen notes that the frequent occurrence of certain words suggests certain types of ‘discourse’.’
      • ‘Certain incidences described may only be rare occurrences that may already have been corrected.’
      • ‘As a result of the plundering of trees, floods have become a common occurrence.’
      • ‘However, many boys refuse because of the frequent occurrence of infection afterward.’
      • ‘Ireland has never had a case of Ring Rot and there are contingency plans in place in the event of an occurrence.’
      • ‘It's a fairly frequent occurrence that I'm the first into our office.’
      • ‘There's about a ten-year gap in terms of the occurrence and incidents of the disease.’
      • ‘This is a very frequent occurrence, especially with supermarket products.’
      • ‘The phenotypic adaptation in our study may help explain their frequent occurrence.’
      • ‘The frequency of occurrence of conduits within different area classes decreases with increasing area.’
      • ‘So I get thinking, this is an abnormally high occurrence of cancer in a control group of youths.’
      • ‘Ranking of variables was done by the frequency of occurrence of each descriptor in all 140 models.’
      • ‘The Indenture does not provide for any other rights on the occurrence of such an event of default.’
      • ‘Linguists and language teachers often take account of the frequency of occurrence of linguistic items and features.’
      • ‘As Justine's visions become a more frequent occurrence, Dawn admits acting out those powerful scenes can be quite a challenge.’
      • ‘However, such occurrences are relatively rare and are normally foreshadowed by events such as threats or vandalism.’
      • ‘The sound of five harps playing in ensemble must be a rare occurrence in the concert world.’
      • ‘Historical accounts dating back to 1865 have reported regular occurrences of landslides in the area around La Conchita.’
      • ‘They also reduced the occurrence of life-threatening cardiac events.’
      • ‘This may contribute to the more frequent occurrence of severe epidemics there than in other countries.’
      existence, instance, appearance, manifestation, materialization, development, springing up
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    2. 1.2 The fact of something existing or being found in a place or under a particular set of conditions.
      ‘the occurrence of natural gas fields’
      • ‘I selected the species for analysis based on their frequency of occurrence in Massachusetts.’
      • ‘The conditions for the occurrence of oscillatory behaviour were explored and the responses described in detail.’
      • ‘Each taxon name and authority is followed by the frequency of occurrence.’
      • ‘Here, we shall confine our attention to discussing the conditions which must be satisfied if their occurrence is to be compulsory.’
      • ‘For the overstory, frequency of occurrence of a species was expressed as present or absent.’
      • ‘These biozones are commonly of restricted or local occurrence.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: probably from the plural of archaic occurrent, in the same sense, via French from Latin occurrent- ‘befalling’, from the verb occurrere (see occur).

Pronunciation

occurrence

/əˈkərəns//əˈkərəns/