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
Funds donated by Heritage Toyota Catonsville can go toward acquiring a new vehicle or covering vehicle expenses incurred due to the flooding.
Vos said lawmakers are prohibited from being reimbursed for expenses incurred at meetings of groups who participate in officially partisan elections.
Aldermen will vote on paying CTS the $28,577 bill incurred for installing the network cabling.
If approved, these district corporations could build infrastructure and facilities; acquire property, including parkland; operate transit services, enter contracts, and incur indebtedness.
That meant that charges incurred on the state’s toll roads and those belonging to the Central Florida Expressway Authority were not being posted on customer accounts.
The increase is intended to help offset the costs the driver incurs to own and drive its car in the city.
As Lorenzen and social work professor Susan Schmidt note, Central American children escaping violence become economic migrants — because their families must pay off the debts incurred on their journey north.
The Foundation was started in 2001 and has raised nearly $1 million, helping others who have incurred spinal injuries throughout the tri-state area.
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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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