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
The final list of Chinese goods that will incur hefty tariffs on importation into the U.S. will be revealed tomorrow.
All have been detained, with five receiving hospital treatment for minor injuries incurred while trying to flee the truck and agents.
This is the second contract where firefighters have recognized the risk the village is incurring with the state, agreeing to a provision, Volpe said.
To sign him, the club exceeded its bonus pool and incurred penalties that limited the organization to minimal spending on non-domestic talent the next two years.
The new agreement includes 2 percent pay raises each year for the next three years and a new annual lump-sum payment of $100 to each student employee to help defray student fees incurred during the academic year.
There are also safety concerns to consider when taking classes at home, since participants risk incurring injuries without a professional present to coach them on their form, Thompson warns.
Prosecutors in Franklin, Tenn., retired Wright's case on Dec. 21, contingent on him completing an anger management course, refraining from violent contact with his wife, and incurring no new criminal charges for a year, the Globe said.
The county committed $735,000 to it, but the artist later incurred higher cost projections to fabricate the metal.
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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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