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The infection is less likely to recur if you finish all the recommended antibiotics.
  to happen repeatedly or a second time
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recurring recurrent recur recurs recurred
Usage note:  When your audience knows the word recur it is better to say "It recurred," than to say "It recurred again."
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  • The infection is less likely to recur if you finish all the recommended antibiotics.
  • I’ve had recurrent symptoms.
  • This is a recurring story
  • a genetic test to predict breast-cancer recurrence

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  • But I’m not so stupid as to cross an entire desert just because of a recurrent dream.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • Soda began sleeping with me, and it stopped recurring so often, but it happened often enough for Darry to take me to a doctor.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Had she been able to think, Jean Louise might have prevented events to come by considering the day’s occurrences in terms of a recurring story as old as time: the chapter which concerned her began two hundred years ago and was played out in a proud society the bloodiest war and harshest peace in modern history could not destroy, returning, to be played out again on private ground in the twilight of a civilization no wars and no peace could save.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Motif: a recurring object or idea in a story.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Best of all was a recurring weekly show, 90s Mixtapc, which compiled the best songs from every year of the 1990s, one year every week.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • A moment later, Judge Judy was speaking over both the defendant and the plaintiff, just to get them to shut up, which seemed to be the predictable, recurring theme of the show.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • As the light grew stronger I even began to suspect that I had muffed an opportunity — one which might, moreover, never again recur.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • His dipsomania would recur every two months or so.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • We waited in vain for a solution that would make recurrence impossible.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • There were constant reports of recurring hostility toward Jews.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • If it was true, Abby thought, that she represented a recurring figure in Mrs. Whitshank’s life—the "sympathizer"—it was equally true that Mrs. Whitshank’s type had shown up before in Abby’s life: the instructive older woman.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Werner who watched Volkheimer wade into house after house, the same ravening nightmare recurring over and over and over.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The subject of race was a violent and recurrent theme.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Fridays—the recurrent humiliation of medical inspection.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Since she herself (as she once admitted to me) had so successfully anesthetized her mind against recurring images of her encampment in the abyss, it is small wonder that neither Nathan nor I ever gained much knowledge of what happened to her on a day-to-day basis (especially during the last months) aside from the quite obvious fact that she had come close to death from malnutrition and more than one contagion.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The pieces that occur and recur.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He was on the back patio having his one recurring Christmas gift from my mom: a single smoke from a pipe he’d had since before they met.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • One man had a recurrent hallucination of seeing his dead POW friends walking past.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The only thought that continually recurred was the yellow tear.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • He shut his eyes and pressed his fingers against them, trying to squeeze out the vision that kept recurring.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • There seems to be something hypnotic about this, with its endlessly recurring dominant.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Moreover, the words of the Masonic statutes, "be kindly and courteous," recurred to him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In the evening he recurred to the subject of his own accord.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • When I returned to the United States, I had a recurring nightmare: someone was racing after me on top of the freight trains, trying to rape me.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • No evidence of recurrence.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Anatole says recurring dreams are common to those who’ve suffered seriously from malaria.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The idea of being a clown recurred to him now, only to fill him with disgust.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Unfortunately for the early editors, one particularly troubling earthly theme kept recurring in the gospels.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • All of us down there had this recurring nightmare of forgetting to show up for class at all, of not even realizing we were enrolled.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • When he realized what I was talking about, that there were twinkle-bells of sunshine in the room, he smiled like a weather man, like an ecstatic patron of recurrent light, and repeated the news to Daisy.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The incident was a recurring dream, concocted years before by stupid whites and it eternally came back to haunt us all.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The words that comrades had uttered previous to the firing began to recur to him.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • It was meant, doubtless, the mother herself hath told us, for a retribution, too; a torture to be felt at many an unthought-of moment; a pang, a sting, an ever-recurring agony, in the midst of a troubled joy!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The most frequently recurring pictogram was a small male figure.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • They found that after the bulbous scars had been removed they often recurred.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • I returned home not disappointed, for I have said that I had long considered those authors useless whom the professor reprobated; but I returned not at all the more inclined to recur to these studies in any shape.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • When Josie was younger, Alex had a recurring nightmare about being on a plane when it went into a nosedive.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • But the memory of the doctor speaking the actual words began to recur in his mind, like an old-fashioned record skipping on a turntable.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • One night he sprang from sleep with a start, eager-eyed, nostrils quivering and scenting, his mane bristling in recurrent waves.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Scarlett said "Um," her heart beginning to beat faster as the thought recurred.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Before I recovered sufficiently to see and hear, it began to be dawn, and, Nelly, I’ll tell you what I thought, and what has kept recurring and recurring till I feared for my reason.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • They merely tolerated what, to them, must be a constantly recurring psychotic condition.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • ’Well, well,’ said the Dodger, recurring to the point from which they had strayed: with that mindfulness of his profession which influenced all his proceedings.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • But at length all the past night’s events soberly recurred, one by one, in fixed reality, and then I lay only alive to the comical predicament.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was an insight that helped explain a recurring problem I heard about from refugees in Clarkston over the next weeks and months: they were constantly getting calls from telemarketing companies offering free subscriptions, vacations, legal help with immigration issues, and the like.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
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