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occur to (one)

To realize suddenly; 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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References in classic literature ?
The secrecy with which everything had been carried on between them, was rationally treated as enormously heightening the crime, because, had any suspicion of it occurred to the others, proper measures would have been taken to prevent the marriage; and he called on Elinor to join with him in regretting that Lucy's engagement with Edward had not rather been fulfilled, than that she should thus be the means of spreading misery farther in the family.
The Stapletons came in afterwards, and the good doctor took us all to the yew alley at Sir Henry's request to show us exactly how everything occurred upon that fatal night.
85: Some say that great earthquakes occurred, which broke through the neck of land and formed the straits (3), the sea parting the mainland from the island.
He gives the instance of learning a lesson by heart: when I know it by heart I am said to "remember" it, but this merely means that I have acquired certain habits; on the other hand, my recollection of (say) the second time I read the lesson while I was learning it is the recollection of a unique event, which occurred only once.
It is sometimes suggested, by those who favour behaviourist views, that recognition consists in behaving in the same way when a stimulus is repeated as we behaved on the first occasion when it occurred.
Godfrey Ablewhite, which occurred to your mind when I last had the honour of seeing you.
I turned sick at heart when the question occurred to me, and when I felt self- reproachfully that it was asked too late.
I wish none of their confidences," said Holmes, when I reported to him what had occurred.
She does not shine as a wife even in her own account of what occurred.
And once again, if the thought of leaving a bicycle concealed outside had occurred to you, would it really have seemed worth doing when the dullest detective would naturally say this is an obvious blind, as the bicycle is the first thing which the fugitive needed in order to make his escape.
We have to remember, Watson, that whatever occurred is certainly something very extraordinary.
Manila: A series of earthquakes occurred in three provinces, including four temblors in Bukidnon in the southern Philippines, one in Surigao del Norte, also in the south, and and nine in eastern Samar, in central Philippines, all of which occurred at different times on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Two of these suicide attacks occurred in the month of Ramazan, first occurred at Lahori gate while the second one occurred last day in Jamrud.
On the other hand, privacy limits the number of available witnesses to the two or three people present who can attest to the activities that occurred during the interrogation, and these participants generally have a vested interest in the outcome of the interrogation.
This formulation and testing of hypotheses until a story about what actually occurred emerges is the core of the scientific and investigatory process.