AskDefine | Define recur

Dictionary Definition



1 happen or occur again; "This is a recurring story" [syn: repeat]
2 return in thought or speech to something [syn: go back]
3 have recourse to; "The government resorted to rationing meat" [syn: fall back, resort] [also: recurring, recurred]

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl la recurro


  1. To happen again.
    The theme of the prodigal son recurs later in the third act.
  2. To recurse.

Derived terms


to happen again
  • Finnish: toistua, uusiutua
  • Japanese: 再発する(さいはつする, saihatsusuru)
  • Portuguese: reocorrer
to recurse
See: recurse
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Extensive Definition

Recurring means occurring over and over and can refer to several different things:
In television:
  • Recurring character, a character, usually on a television series, that appears from time to time and may grow into a larger role
  • Recurring status, condition whereby a soap opera actor may be used for extended period without being under contract

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alternate, be here again, circle, come again, come and go, come around, come back, come round, come round again, come up again, continue, cycle, echo, go back, intermit, keep coming, occur often, oscillate, pulsate, pulse, react, reappear, reoccur, repeat, resound, resume, return, return to mind, reverberate, revert, revolve, roll around, rotate, turn, undulate, vibrate, wheel, wheel around
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