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incur

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verb in·cur \in-ˈkər\

Simple Definition of incur

  • : to cause yourself to have or experience (something unpleasant or unwanted)

Full Definition of incur

in·curredin·cur·ring

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to become liable or subject to :  bring down upon oneself <incur expenses>

Examples of incur

  1. Submitting students to the rigors of learning seemed only to incur the wrath of many of them … —Ben Marcus, Time, 8 Jan. 2001

  2. Shakespeare … took plots and characters from wherever he pleased, rarely acknowledging sources, and he saw so little sanctity in his own words that anyone could print them who cared to incur the expense—which did not include royalties to Shakespeare. —Walter Kendrick, New York Times Book Review, 29 Oct. 1989

  3. To be too good-looking is sometimes to incur the dislike, if not the hatred, of the ordinary-looking. —Joseph Epstein, The Middle of My Tether, 1983

  4. What did he do to incur such wrath?



Origin of incur

Middle English incurren, from Latin incurrere, literally, to run into, from in- + currere to run — more at car


First Known Use: 15th century


INCUR Defined for Kids

incur

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verb in·cur \in-ˈkər\

Definition of incur

in·curredin·cur·ring

  1. :  to experience as a result of a person's own actions <Because of his behavior he incurred suspicion.>




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