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
Evers said the state can fund its roads and schools without incurring massive debt.
Under new rules if a team challenges offsides and loses, a two-minute penalty is incurred.
And the overarching idea here is pretty obvious: Jones doesn’t see the sense in taking hits from a business standpoint, when meaningful work can be done without incurring that damage.
Many universities hired Title IX coordinators to oversee assault reports and revamp policies, in addition to incurring legal fees related to the significant increase in protracted federal investigations.
The storms forced the cancellation of more than a thousand flights and incurred other costs beyond the loss of passenger ticket money.
The company's work on the B-2 had incurred huge cost overruns, and the Air Force may have been nervous about repeating the experience.
Also, the city can recover legal costs incurred, as well as future legal costs.
Earlier this month, conservative writer Ben Shapiro spoke at Berkeley, and while there was no violence (the antifa folk appear to have given the event a pass), the campus po-po incurred an estimated cost of $600,000 to keep the peace.
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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.
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