Meaning of OCCURRENCE in English

oc ‧ cur ‧ rence AC /əˈkʌrəns $ əˈkɜː-/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ occur ; noun : ↑ occurrence ]

1 . [countable] something that happens ⇨ occur

frequent/rare/common occurrence

Laughter was a rare occurrence in his classroom.

Flooding in the area is a common occurrence.

2 . [singular] the fact of something happening

occurrence of

The frequent occurrence of earthquakes in the area means that the buildings must be specifically designed to withstand the force.

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▪ event something that happens, especially something important, interesting, or unusual:

He spoke of the tragic event in which more than 100 people died.


recent political events

▪ occurrence /əˈkʌrəns $ əˈkʌrəns/ formal something that happens – used especially when saying how often something happens:

Divorce is a common occurrence these days.


Storms like this one are fortunately a rare occurrence.


Accidents are almost a daily occurrence on this road.

▪ incident something that happens, especially something that is unusual or unpleasant, or something that is one of several events:

He died after a violent incident outside a nightclub.


This latest incident could put an end to his career.

▪ occasion an important social event or celebration:

She only wore the dress for special occasions.


It was his 100th birthday, and friends and family gathered to mark the occasion.

▪ affair [usually singular] something that happens, especially something shocking in political or public life which involves several people and events:

The affair has caused people to lose confidence in their government.

▪ phenomenon /fɪˈnɒmənən, fɪˈnɒmɪnən $ fɪˈnɑːmənɑːn, -nən/ something that happens or exists in society, science, or nature, especially something that is studied because it is difficult to understand:

natural phenomena such as earthquakes


Homelessness is not a new phenomenon.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.