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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: incurrere 'to run into', from currere 'to run'

incur

verb
     
in‧cur past tense and past participle incurred, present participle incurring [transitive] formal
1 if you incur a cost, debt, or a fine, you have to pay money because of something you have done, or you do not make money
incur expenses/costs/losses/debts etc
If the council loses the appeal, it will incur all the legal costs.
the heavy losses incurred by airlines since September 11th
2 if you incur something unpleasant, it happens to you because of something you have done
incur somebody's displeasure/wrath/disapproval etc
She wondered what she'd done to incur his displeasure this time.

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