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occur to someone

[for an idea or thought] to come into someone's mind. It occurred to me that you might be hungry after your long journey. Would it ever occur to you that I want to be left alone?
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occur to you

to come into your mind Did it occur to you to call my apartment to see if I was there? It never occurred to me to ask where she'd been.
Usage notes: often used in the form not occur to you: It hadn't occurred to her that she would be expected to ride a bike.
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occur to one

Come to mind, as in It never occurred to me that he might refuse. [Early 1600s]
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occur to

To come to someone's mind: When it occurred to me that I could leave the party whenever I wanted, I felt more at ease.
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