Definition of incur in English:

incur

verbincurs, incurring, incurred

[with object]
  • Become subject to (something unwelcome or unpleasant) as a result of one's own behaviour or actions.

    ‘I will pay any expenses incurred’
    • ‘We are a family and she had incurred family expenses that needed to be paid.’
    • ‘Under the Local Government Act, a councillor who incurs an expense in their duty is entitled to be reimbursed.’
    • ‘However, as with all new business ventures, a lot of expense was incurred in setting up.’
    • ‘The colleges concerned have to incur extra expense and inconvenience.’
    • ‘Reasonable expenses incurred by the applicant in that connection will be met by the Authority.’
    • ‘You also agree that all expenses incurred by us in this connection will be paid by you.’
    • ‘If the employee incurs the expense directly and reclaims it from the employer, it is taxable as the employer is paying for a personal expense of the employee.’
    • ‘It cannot meet any of the student demands without incurring the wrath of global investment markets.’
    • ‘Thanks to his inheritance from his grandfather, Arthur did not need to worry about incurring expenses.’
    • ‘This could be achieved by swapping capacity without incurring any additional expense.’
    • ‘The expenses must be incurred as a result of the decision to accept the position.’
    • ‘This itself is a problem since foreign funds incur much higher hidden expenses.’
    • ‘Your wife would have to incur the expenses in order to be reimbursed for them.’
    • ‘We did not have to pay fees or incur debts: indeed we received a maintenance grant to help us settle our bills.’
    • ‘Baby-sitting expenses incurred are to be paid by the parent incurring them.’
    • ‘So the company incurs costs for the services used but collects no revenue to offset these costs.’
    • ‘He is pitched off, incurring a painful knee injury that puts paid to his cycling the following day.’
    • ‘Better still, it does not incur any additional costs - we just pay for Internet access.’
    • ‘You will unfortunately incur interest charges if you do not pay this Tax on time.’
    • ‘If you don't pay off your debt in full you incur interest on all you spent, even if you pay off more than half of it.’
    suffer, sustain, experience, bring upon oneself, expose oneself to, lay oneself open to
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Origin

Late Middle English from Latin incurrere, from in- ‘towards’ + currere ‘run’.

Pronunciation

incur

/ɪnˈkəː/