incur

[ in-kur ]
/ ɪnˈkɜr /

verb (used with object), in·curred, in·cur·ring.

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.

Nearby words

  1. incumber,
  2. incumbrance,
  3. incunable,
  4. incunabula,
  5. incunabulum,
  6. incurable,
  7. incurious,
  8. incurrence,
  9. incurrent,
  10. incursion

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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British Dictionary definitions for incurs

incur

/ (ɪnˈkɜː) /

verb -curs, -curring or -curred (tr)

to make oneself subject to (something undesirable); bring upon oneself
to run into or encounter
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 incurs

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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