Synonyms Word Origin 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. Origin of incur 1400–50; late Middle English
to run into, come upon, equivalent to
in- in- 2
to run; see
current Related forms in·cur·ra·ble, adjective re·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 self-incurred verb -curs, -curring or -curred (tr) to make oneself subject to (something undesirable); bring upon oneself to run into or encounter Derived Forms incurrable, adjective Word Origin
C16: from Latin
incurrere to run into, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for self-incurred 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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