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[in-kur]
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verb (used with object), in·curred, in·cur·ring.
  1. to come into or acquire (some consequence, usually undesirable or injurious): to incur a huge number of debts.
  2. to become liable or subject to through one's own action; bring or take upon oneself: to incur his displeasure.
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Origin of incur

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin incurrere to run into, come upon, equivalent to in- in-2 + currere to run; see current
Related formsin·cur·ra·ble, adjectivere·in·cur, verb (used with object), re·in·curred, re·in·cur·ring.self-in·curred, adjective

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Related Words for incur

acquire, earn, provoke, arouse, obtain, draw, get, induce, contract, gain, catch

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British Dictionary definitions for incur

incur

verb -curs, -curring or -curred (tr)
  1. to make oneself subject to (something undesirable); bring upon oneself
  2. to run into or encounter
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Derived Formsincurrable, adjective

Word Origin for incur

C16: from Latin incurrere to run into, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for incur

v.

early 15c., from Anglo-French encurir, Middle French encourir, from Latin incurrere "run into or against, rush at, make an attack;" figuratively, "to befall, happen, occur to," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Related: Incurred; incurring.

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