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
So a diabetic worker who decides to forgo an eye exam might save on the deductible but later incur the much higher expense of diabetic retinopathy, which could raise the cost of care for both employer and employee.
The district has 16,100 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and most of the concussions — 77 percent — were incurred by high school students.
The U-T reviewed $16 million in spending incurred with 56,000 transactions on purchasing cards, or p-cards, since 2015.
But the fear is not just about incurring the wrath of activist voters.
As a result of these business income tax changes occurring mid-way through the year, small business owners who have previously incurred a relatively modest Kansas income tax liability may be surprised at their 2017 tax liability.
The company also incurred a one-time cost relating to a profit-sharing agreement with a third party for certain products including breakdown repair cover.
Citing the protracted uncertainty over the law's future, many insurers have proposed big rate increases again for next year even though many are no longer incurring big losses in its marketplaces.
But anything beyond that will surely incur the wrath of their boss of bosses.
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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
Definition of incur for Students
- Because of his behavior he incurred suspicion.
legal Definition of incur
- incur obligations
- incur expenses
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