- Incur is defined as to acquire, or bring something upon oneself.
An example of incur is someone taking on another's debt through marriage.
incur definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English incurren ; from Classical Latin incurrere, to run into or toward, attack ; from in-, in, toward plush currere, to run: see current
incur definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb in·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: Middle 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.