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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incur(verb)

    make oneself subject to; bring upon oneself; become liable to

    "People who smoke incur a great danger to their health"

  2. receive, get, find, obtain, incur(verb)

    receive a specified treatment (abstract)

    "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"


  1. incur(Verb)

    To bring upon or expose oneself to, especially something inconvenient, harmful, or onerous; to become liable or subject to.

  2. incur(Verb)

    To render somebody liable or subject to.

  3. incur(Verb)

    To enter or pass into.

  4. incur(Verb)

    To fall within a period or scope; to occur; to run into danger.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incur(verb)

    to meet or fall in with, as something inconvenient, harmful, or onerous; to put one's self in the way of; to expose one's self to; to become liable or subject to; to bring down upon one's self; to encounter; to contract; as, to incur debt, danger, displeasure/ penalty, responsibility, etc

  2. Incur(verb)

    to render liable or subject to; to occasion

  3. Incur(verb)

    to pass; to enter

  4. Origin: [L. incurrere to run into or toward; pref. in- in + currere to run. See Current.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incur

    in-kur′, v.t. to become liable to: to bring on:—pr.p. incur′ring; pa.p. incurred′. [L. incurrĕre, incursumin, into, currĕre, to run.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'incur' in Verbs Frequency: #791

Anagrams for incur »

  1. runic, Runic

  2. Runic

How to pronounce incur ?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incur in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of incur in a Sentence

  1. Titus Maccius Plautus:

    There are occasions when it is undoubtedly better to incur loss than to make gain.

  2. Ram Silverman:

    Whatever cost we incur, it's worth it, he's got an amazing attitude. After talking to him a number of times, I can't wait to meet him.

  3. Frederick Douglas:

    I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

  4. Mark Warner:

    We are alarmed that unpaid federal employees will be required to incur this additional financial hardship during a time when they can least afford it.

  5. Logan Pearsall Smith:

    That we should practice what we preach is generally admitted; but anyone who preaches what he and his hearers practice must incur the gravest moral disapprobation.

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