Meaning of “recur” in the English Dictionary

"recur" in British English

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recurverb [ I ]

uk /rɪˈkɜːr/ us /rɪˈkɝː/ -rr-

C2 to happen many times or to happen again:

The theme of freedom recurs throughout her writing.
If the pain/problem/trouble, etc. recurs, come and see me.

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  • Water, a symbol of life, recurs as an image throughout her poems.
  • If the symptoms recur, visit your doctor.
  • The theme of loss recurs throughout much of his writing.
  • If the problem recurred, we'd have to think again.
  • The same ideas recur throughout her books.

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

"recur" in American English

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recurverb [ I ]

us /rɪˈkɜr/ -rr-

to happen again or happen many times:

If the problem recurs, I’ll see my doctor about it.
noun [ C/U ] us /rɪˈkɜr·əns/
adjective [ not gradable ] us /rɪˈkɜr·ɪŋ/ also recurrent, /rɪˈkɜr·ənt/

He suffered recurring nightmares that someone was chasing him.

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