Meaning of “occurrence” in the English Dictionary

"occurrence" in British English

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occurrencenoun

uk /əˈkʌr.əns/ us /əˈkɝː.əns/

occurrence noun (HAPPENING)

C1 [ C ] something that happens:

Street-fights are an everyday occurrence in this area of the city.

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  • Death was an everyday occurrence during the Civil War.
  • It's still not possible to accurately predict the occurrence of earthquakes.
  • There have been several occurrences of theft in the area recently.
  • The argument was an unfortunate occurrence in an otherwise pleasant day.

(Definition of “occurrence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"occurrence" in American English

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occurrencenoun [ C/U ]

us /əˈkɜr·əns/

occurrence noun [ C/U ] (HAPPENING)

an event, esp. one that happens unexpectedly:

[ C ] Break-ins are an everyday occurrence in this neighborhood.

occurrence noun [ C/U ] (EXISTENCE)

the existence or presence of something:

The tests can detect the occurrence of certain cancers.

(Definition of “occurrence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)