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
Andrea Enria, head of the European Banking Authority, has been one of the most vocal proponents of allowing state aid for banks that incur losses in the course of selling bad loans.
From Wednesday, which is World No Tobacco Day, violating the ban would incur a fine of up to 5,000 koruna ($190).
The Federal Trade Commission revealed on Tuesday that Amazon has set up its process for sending refunds to users for more than $70 million in charges incurred between November 2011 and May 2016.
The Bogue Chitto man remained hospitalized at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, about an hour drive north of Brookhaven, on Monday morning, receiving treatment for a gunshot wound incurred during his arrest.
The new one has incurred a debt of about $500,000 that has yet to be paid for, Naviaux said.
For those advancing to the state meet, an additional cost of $7 per event is incurred.
But what of fiscal debts to taxpayers incurred as political bosses spent eons leveraging taxation and government spending to increase their own vast personal wealth?
Although tickets to major league games include a disclaimer absolving teams from liability for injuries incurred by thrown or batted balls, Zlotnick eventually sued the Yankees.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of incur
Middle English incurren, from Latin incurrere, literally, to run into, from in- + currere to run — more at car
First Known Use: 15th century
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
: to experience as a result of a person's own actions Because of his behavior he incurred suspicion.
Legal Definition of incur
: to become liable or subject to : bring down upon oneself incur obligations incur expenses
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