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occur to (one)

To be (suddenly) realized by one; to come into one's mind. It occurs to me that I never explained why we need these extra computers. Did it ever occur to you that maybe I was trying to do you a favor?
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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

v.
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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References in classic literature ?
This simple thought could not occur to the doctors (as it cannot occur to a wizard that he is unable to work his charms) because the business of their lives was to cure, and they received money for it and had spent the best years of their lives on that business.
It did occur to Dunsey that it might be wise for him to give up the day's hunting, proceed at once to Batherley, and, having waited for Bryce's return, hire a horse to carry him home with the money in his pocket.
For the plan grows under the author's hand; new thoughts occur to him in the act of writing; he has not worked out the argument to the end before he begins.
However, departments do not have to wait for these potential mandates to occur to begin reaping the benefits of this valuable practice.
Legitimate postmortem injuries can occur to a body, especially around the head, face, knees, tops of the feet, and backs of the hands, although investigators should take care not to confuse these with defense wounds.