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incur

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkəː
 
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Definition of incur in English:

verb (incurs, 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
suffer, sustain, experience, bring upon oneself, expose oneself to, lay oneself open to;
run up, collect;
attract, invite, provoke, earn, arouse, induce, cause, give rise to, bring on, be liable/subject to, meet with, draw

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin incurrere, from in- 'towards' + currere 'run'.

Derivatives

incurrence

1
noun
Example sentences
  • In broad terms, what they attempted to do was to quarantine the deductions that were incurred in respect of matters where the incurrence was by reference to the production of income off-shore.
  • However, this can be overcome by appropriate revenue-enhancing incentive conditions in the contract and the incurrence of monitoring and enforcement costs.
  • The loans must be prepaid with net cash proceeds of any non-ordinary course asset sales and certain insurance proceeds, as well as proceeds of certain incurrences of indebtedness.

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