April 16, 2016
concur (verb)
\kun-KER\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to act together : combine2 : to be in agreement : accord3 : to happen together : coincide
How do you use it?
"Whatever we do," he said, "we should plan carefully and take our time." "I concur," the chief agreed.
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"Concur" traces its history back to the Latin verb "currere," which means "to run." What other words can be traced back to "currere"?

"Courier," "cursor," and "concur" are descendants of "currere," a Latin verb that means "to run." The connection is easy to see with "courier," since a courier is a messenger, someone who "runs" messages or items from one person or place to another. "Cursor" comes into English around the same time, straight from a Latin noun that derived from "currere." The Latin "cursor" means "runner," and the English word refers to something that is moveable and marks the position of something else. And "concur" is a compound word made from "currere" and the Latin "con-," meaning "with." The earliest English meaning of "concur" closely matches the meaning of the Latin verb "concurrere": "flowing or acting together."
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