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
Wearing a cast on her arm and bubbles on the rest of her, O’Loughlin steps into an actual bathtub and begins talking about an injury incurred in a bicycle accident.
But strictly enforcing the law could force some of Texas’ most storied smokehouses to completely change the layout of their kitchens, incurring huge remodeling costs.
There was a heel bruise incurred in the mud in his second race, and accidentally made public when Baffert took him for a photo op on gravel outside his Churchill Downs barn.
This year, the Urban Institute estimated the state would incur one-year gross costs of $39 million.
This was for costs incurred in the construction of the Westin Birmingham and the start of the Uptown District, according to the BJCC.
Over that period, the healthy volunteers who had genome sequencing incurred slightly higher medical costs of $3,670, on average, compared to $2,989 for those who had just a basic family medical history.
Arroyo said the clerk's office would have to buy new equipment, and incur other costs.
Other firms had problems with policyholders living longer and incurring higher medical costs than insurers had built into their initial assumptions; the long-term care market as a whole in America has run into trouble.
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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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