What does incur mean?

Definitions for incurɪnˈkɜr

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word incur.

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

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