Definition of incur in US English:



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

    ‘I will pay any expenses incurred’
    • ‘Thanks to his inheritance from his grandfather, Arthur did not need to worry about incurring expenses.’
    • ‘We are a family and she had incurred family expenses that needed to be paid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We did not have to pay fees or incur debts: indeed we received a maintenance grant to help us settle our bills.’
    • ‘You also agree that all expenses incurred by us in this connection will be paid by you.’
    • ‘Under the Local Government Act, a councillor who incurs an expense in their duty is entitled to be reimbursed.’
    • ‘The expenses must be incurred as a result of the decision to accept the position.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So the company incurs costs for the services used but collects no revenue to offset these costs.’
    • ‘Baby-sitting expenses incurred are to be paid by the parent incurring them.’
    • ‘You will unfortunately incur interest charges if you do not pay this Tax on time.’
    • ‘This itself is a problem since foreign funds incur much higher hidden expenses.’
    • ‘It cannot meet any of the student demands without incurring the wrath of global investment markets.’
    • ‘Your wife would have to incur the expenses in order to be reimbursed for them.’
    • ‘Better still, it does not incur any additional costs - we just pay for Internet access.’
    • ‘He is pitched off, incurring a painful knee injury that puts paid to his cycling the following day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This could be achieved by swapping capacity without incurring any additional expense.’
    suffer, sustain, experience, bring upon oneself, expose oneself to, lay oneself open to
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Late Middle English: from Latin incurrere, from in- ‘towards’ + currere ‘run’.