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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incurverb

    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, incurverb

    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. incurverb

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

  2. incurverb

    To render somebody liable or subject to.

  3. incurverb

    To enter or pass into.

  4. incurverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incurverb

    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

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

  2. Incurverb

    to render liable or subject to; to occasion

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

  3. Incurverb

    to pass; to enter

    Etymology: [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.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for incur »

  1. runic, Runic

  2. Runic

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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. Sarah Long:

    It would be a mistake to be giving booster doses without both some information about number one : Do they boost ? And a little bit of safety data, so that we would have some idea that there would be benefit of the booster before we might incur unknown risk.

  2. Amit Mehta:

    Regionalizing is not a fair alternative, why should that group of customers have to incur the costs of regionalizing ? ... There is a reason for them to sole source.

  3. North Atlantic Refinery Limited:

    Currently, maintenance of the refinery requires North Atlantic to incur significant monthly financial losses. This funding will offset labour and operational costs related to maintaining the refinery in idle mode.

  4. Scott Petri:

    Petri told Fox News. That’s in contrast with the 54 percent brick-and-mortar slots rate, Petri said. Petri added that brick and mortar casinos argue that they incur more costs, so online platforms should not be given the benefit of a better tax rate. Petri says he will try to bring the parties together toward a solution in the coming days. As chairman of the committee, I think it’s important that I be an honest broker.

  5. Mike Lee:

    Unvaccinated Americans aren’t the enemy, we should not be forcing employers to fire some of their valuable, and now hard to find, workers. We shouldn’t be threatening business owners with closure who do not wish to police their workforce’s decisions. Many simply cannot incur the cost of this enforcement in this economy.

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    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
    • A. scrutiny
    • B. assortment
    • C. trigger
    • D. tranquillity

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