- 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.
Origin of incur
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Examples from the Web for incurs
The immense strategic cost this incurs to the U.S. does not seem to interest them in the least.Is Netanyahu the New Caligula?
September 23, 2011
More importantly, Obama has shown that he can take on Netanyahu and inflict more political damage than he incurs.How Barack Beat Bibi
March 18, 2010
When Jeremiah does this zealously, he incurs not only hate but also the gravest dangers.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II
Here then we may note the Christian incurs great blame who neglects the poor.Mediaeval Tales
She knows also the danger he incurs if detected by her kinsmen.Shakespeare's Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
In the process, it incurs enormous trade and balance of payments deficits.After the Rain
If he does, he incurs the penalty of being cursed by the Pope.Auricular Confession and Popish Nunneries
- to make oneself subject to (something undesirable); bring upon oneself
- to run into or encounter
C16: from Latin incurrere to run into, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for incurs
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