Incur is defined as to acquire, or bring something upon oneself.
An example of incur is someone taking on another's debt through marriage.
- to come into or acquire (something undesirable): to incur a debt
- to become subject to through one's own action; bring upon oneself: to incur someone's wrath
Origin of incurMiddle English incurren ; from Classical Latin incurrere, to run into or toward, attack ; from in-, in, toward + currere, to run: see current
transitive verbin·curred, in·cur·ring, in·curs
- To acquire or come into (something usually undesirable); sustain: incurred substantial losses during the stock market crash.
- To become liable or subject to as a result of one's actions; bring upon oneself: incur the anger of a friend.
Origin of incurMiddle English incurren, from Old French encorir, from Latin incurrere, to run upon : in-, on; see in–2 + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present incurs, present participle incurring, simple past and past participle incurred)