One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Occurring often or repeatedly.‘she had a recurrent dream about falling’
repeated, recurring, repetitive, reiterative, periodic, happening at intervals, cyclical, cyclic, seasonal, perennial, regular, habitual, chronic, continual, frequentView synonyms
- ‘It's been much more common to see history as cyclical or recurrent.’
- ‘Its not a recurrent dream but I think it has some significance.’
- ‘The recurrent problems continue unchecked under his stewardship, and he has not taken the lead in response to other disasters that befall the city.’
- ‘He refers to her suffering from frequent and recurrent nightmares precipitated by abuse.’
- ‘Severe social and economic problems caused recurrent unrest and frequent changes of government.’
- ‘The onset is often sudden, random and frequently recurrent.’
- ‘I think you should try some kind interpretation of the recurrent images in your dreams (psychoanalysis, tarot, etc).’
- ‘She has a recurrent character in her dream - a man with smoldering eyes who sees through her soul - that makes her wake happy.’
- ‘Well I suppose a lot of people have a recurrent dream.’
- ‘The royal dynasty he founded proved remarkably durable, surviving recurrent periods of minority rule in the 15th and 16th cents.’
- ‘She has a remarkable likeness to an unknown figure who appears in his recurrent dreams, a fact that Paul takes as some sort of omen.’
- ‘Moreover, their posting to Britain was normally only one step in a career that will have taken them to many parts of the empire, including recurrent periods in the imperial capital or with the emperor.’
- ‘As a child I had a recurrent dream about being swallowed by a snake.’
- ‘In a recurrent dream, repeated hundreds of times, she saw herself walking on a narrow bridge toward the Golden City.’
- ‘I croaked, woken from my recurrent dream of loading reams of information onto the computer, by a banshee wail that went on and on, somewhere in the very near vicinity.’
- ‘The regularity of spring rains is being replaced by recurrent three- and four-year droughts.’
- ‘To this day, I still have recurrent dreams of the Corryvreckan, in which I find myself descending a watery spiral staircase to hell.’
- ‘A few million local men had just been awakened from their recurrent football dream and you could hear it.’
- ‘Patterns are recurrent, regular attributes of world phenomena or abstract examples.’
- ‘The disorder is thus characterised by involuntary, persistent remembering or reliving the traumatic event in flashbacks, vivid memories, and recurrent dreams.’
(of a nerve or blood vessel) turning back so as to reverse direction.
- ‘Risks of parathyroid surgery include permanent hypoparathyroidism and damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve.’
- ‘The recurrent laryngeal nerve runs immediately behind branches of the inferior thyroid artery so care was taken to avoid damage to this structure.’
- ‘The right recurrent laryngeal nerve usually passes around and behind the subclavian artery and then ascends to enter the larynx.’
- ‘The right lobe of the thyroid was massively infiltrated with tumor that had encased the right recurrent laryngeal nerve.’
- ‘It is imperative that the needle be positioned correctly so the recurrent laryngeal and phrenic nerves are not infiltrated with medication.’
Late 16th century (in recurrent (sense 2)): from Latin recurrent- ‘running back’, from the verb recurrere (see recur).
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