[ in-kur ]
See synonyms for: incurincurredincurringincurs on

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.

Origin of incur

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin incurrere “to run into, come upon,” equivalent to in- in-2 + currere “to run”; see current

Other words for incur

Other words from incur

  • in·cur·ra·ble, adjective
  • re·in·cur, verb (used with object), re·in·curred, re·in·cur·ring.

Words Nearby incur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incur in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incur


/ (ɪnˈkɜː) /

verb-curs, -curring or -curred (tr)
  1. to make oneself subject to (something undesirable); bring upon oneself

  2. to run into or encounter

Origin of incur

C16: from Latin incurrere to run into, from currere to run

Derived forms of incur

  • incurrable, adjective

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