Definition of occurrence in English:



  • 1An incident or event.

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


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).