intr.v. re·curred, re·cur·ring, re·curs
1. To happen or occur again or repeatedly: The pain recurred after eating.
2. To return to one's attention or memory: The thought recurred to her late at night.
3. To return in thought or discourse: He recurred to the subject right after dinner.
4. Archaic To have recourse; resort: "When ... direct taxes are not necessary, they will not be recurred to" (James Madison).
[Latin recurrere : re-, re- + currere, to run; see kers- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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