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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 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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But it won't, and eventually an unwanted pregnancy will occur to someone you know and love.
Since the mathematics of scheduling problems consumes the entire lives of some people, it is unlikely that a good solution will occur to someone who just finished writing your billing system.
On the other hand, the thought might occur to someone at Republican headquarters that releasing information on Perot--if it's unflattering-- could help Bush in his rented home state of Texas.
Consider the use of rhetorical questions -- a technique that wouldn't even occur to someone writing for a print publication.
The idea that a lot of production hours are being wasted may not occur to someone running a single-shift machining operation.