What's the difference between
Enter two words to compare and contrast their definitions, origins, and synonyms to better understand how those words are related.

Happen vs Recur - What's the difference?

happen | recur |

As a noun happen

is morsel.

As a verb recur is

to have recourse (to) someone or something for assistance, support etc.




(en verb)
  • To occur or take place.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-28, author=(Joris Luyendijk)
  • , volume=189, issue=3, page=21, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Our banks are out of control , passage=Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic who still resists the idea that something drastic needs to happen for him to turn his life around.}}
  • To occur unexpectedly, by chance or with a low probability.
  • To encounter by chance.
  • * 1860 , , The Marble Faun , ch. 30:
  • Unexpectedly, in a nook close by the farmhouse, he happened upon a spot where the vintage had actually commenced.

    Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See

    Derived terms

    * as it happens * happen along * happener * happeningly * it so happens


  • (obsolete or dialect) maybe, perhaps.
  • English catenative verbs 1000 English basic words ----




  • To have recourse (to) someone or something for assistance, support etc.
  • *1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 43:
  • *:She only replied with a laugh, and he evidently deemed futile the bid for sympathy on the score of religious or irreligious fellowship, for he recurred to it no more.
  • To happen again.
  • The theme of the prodigal son recurs later in the third act.
  • (computing) To recurse.
  • Derived terms

    * recurrent * recurrence