Examples of incur in a Sentence
- Submitting students to the rigors of learning seemed only to incur the wrath of many of them … —Ben Marcus, Time, 8 Jan. 2001
- 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
- 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
What did he do to incur such wrath?
Recent Examples of incur from the Web
Lockheed provided the first glimpse of the impact of a new accounting standard requiring companies to book revenue as costs are incurred, rather than when products are delivered to the Pentagon.
Black grads incur much higher student loan debt than their non-black peers, and data shows that predatory for-profit institutions are largely to blame.
The cost: $10 million, which will be incurred entirely by producers Imperative Entertainment.
The Major Lazer producer incurred the wrath of diehard Taylor Swift fans on Twitter when his upcoming Rolling Stone interview leaked online, including his thoughts on one of Swift’s new singles.
Even with its conservative approach to plowing, Portland still incurred significant road-repair costs after the last winter storm season.
According to The New York Times, Manafort incurred debts totaling as much as $17 million to pro-Russia interests, including Deripaska.
In contrast to similar services, Under Armour will not charge a monthly fee, nor will customers incur shipping or return fees.
Palm Beach County is applying for $3.5 million to offset costs incurred after Trump took office.
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Incur vs. Occur
Incur bears a strong family resemblance to another English verb, occur. If you are confused by their similarities, a glance back at their Latin roots might help you to tell them apart.
Both words have a common root in Latin currere, meaning “to run.” In the case of incur, currere was combined with Latin in “into,” which produced the meaning “to run into.” In English, the one who incurs, or “runs into,” is most often a person and the thing incurred is usually some self-inflicted negative consequence (such as a debt or somebody’s foul temper). The ancestor of occur, by contrast, paired Latin ob “in the way” with currere, producing the basic meaning “to run in the way of,” or “to present itself.” In English, the verb came to apply strictly to events, things, or ideas; something (such as a tornado) that occurs, or “presents itself,” appears or happens; a thought that occurs, or “presents itself” to someone, comes into that person’s mind.
To summarize: a person (or something composed of people, like a company) incurs, or becomes subject to, something negative; something occurs, or happens, or an idea occurs to, or comes into the mind of, someone.
INCUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incur for English Language Learners
: to cause yourself to have or experience (something unpleasant or unwanted)
INCUR Defined for Kids
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