to come into or acquire (some consequence, usually undesirable or injurious): to incur a huge number of debts.
to become liable or subject to through one's own action; bring or take upon oneself: to incur his displeasure.
- in·cur·ra·ble, adjective
- re·in·cur, verb (used with object), re·in·curred, re·in·cur·ring.
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How to use incur in a sentence
Keep in mind that if you’re on a losing streak, you can incur substantial losses.The Best Bitcoin Dice Gambling Sites (2021 Reviews & Buyer’s Guide) | Special to the Washington Blade | August 25, 2021 | Washington Blade
On top of using genetically engineered cells to diagnose, Goldhawk foresees that cells containing reporter genes could, for instance, eventually fight infections without using antibiotics and incurring the wrath of antibiotic resistance.Scientists genetically engineered prehistoric proteins to detect diseases | Claire Maldarelli | August 16, 2021 | Popular-Science
“Some households that have incurred debt through high-interest credit cards or payday loans to keep up with rent can’t qualify for emergency rental assistance because they don’t have past due rent,” Srikrishnan writes.Morning Report: Faulconer’s Record Under the Microscope | Voice of San Diego | August 6, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Some households that have incurred debt through high-interest credit cards or payday loans to keep up with rent can’t qualify for emergency rental assistance because they don’t have past due rent.Housing Commission Has Even More Rental Assistance It’s Struggled to Dole Out | Maya Srikrishnan | August 6, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Though the federal government would have to incur $126 billion in costs at the outset to process new green card applications, the provisions would carry massive economic benefits.Democrats are going it alone on immigration reform | Nicole Narea | July 23, 2021 | Vox
They incur all the development costs and take a lot of risk.
The result has been a huge black eye for the government, which will now incur significant financial and reputation costs.
My mother might be willing to incur all kinds of crazy risks for love.
The full debt—or savings depletion—that families incur; not just student debt.How to Reinvent College Rankings: Show the Data Students Need Most | Steve Cohen | March 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The hope is that members end up restraining each other rather than incur the wrath of the police.Never Mind El Chapo: Chicago’s Real Public Enemy No. 1 Is the Shorties | Michael Daly | February 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She preferred to die herself rather than to incur the possibility of exposing those who loved her to the guillotine.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Yet it is awkward for these officials to thus act, and in so doing they incur an unpleasant personal responsibility.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The stage has continued to enjoy a species of traditional immunity from all the reprobation which swearing is presumed to incur.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
He was generally a man of prompt decision, and he well knew that he would incur by this act the charge of vacillation.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
I judged the Tories were driving straight at a conflict with the country, and I thought them bound to incur an electoral defeat.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for incur
to make oneself subject to (something undesirable); bring upon oneself
to run into or encounter
- incurrable, adjective
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