incur

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v incur receive a specified treatment (abstract) "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation","His movie received a good review","I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"
    • v incur make oneself subject to; bring upon oneself; become liable to "People who smoke incur a great danger to their health"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incur To meet or fall in with, as something inconvenient, harmful, or onerous; to put one's self in the way of; to expose one's self to; to become liable or subject to; to bring down upon one's self; to encounter; to contract; as, to incur debt, danger, displeasure, penalty, responsibility, etc. "I know not what I shall incur to pass it,
      Having no warrant."
    • v. i Incur To pass; to enter. "Light is discerned by itself because by itself it incurs into the eye."
    • Incur To render liable or subject to; to occasion. "Lest you incur me much more damage in my fame than you have done me pleasure in preserving my life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • incur To run upon; impinge upon; run against or strike.
    • incur To encounter, as some undesirable or injurious consequence; become liable or subject to through one's own action; bring upon one's self: as, to incur liabilities.
    • incur To enter; pass; occur; come to pass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Incur in-kur′ to become liable to: to bring on
    • pr.p Incur incur′ring; pa.p. incurred′
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Quotations

  • Joaquin Setanti
    Joaquin Setanti
    “Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.”
  • David Hume
    David%20Hume
    “Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.”
  • Philip Roth
    Philip%20Roth
    “Just like those who are incurably ill, the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “I can get no remedy against this consumption of the purse: borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable.”
  • Ogden Nash
    Ogden%20Nash
    “Man is a victim of dope in the incurable form of hope.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    Bernard%20M.%20Baruch
    “There are no such things as incurable s. There are only things for which man has not found a cure.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. incurrere, to run into or toward; pref. in-, in + currere, to run. See Current

Usage

In literature:

The corn dealers themselves incurred danger from the violence of the inhabitants.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
You have appeared in a circle and incurred expenses which were alike unsuited to your position and your fortune.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
By nothing do a people incur such tremendous responsibility.
"Standard Selections" by Various
Cancer he declares to be almost incurable.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
I must redeem my character, so as not to incur disgrace in the parting hour.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
It fell a victim to a slow but steady process of incurable consumption.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
If men can incur guilt, their actions might be other than they are.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
Today, however, Prince Charming, unless he is an incurable romanticist, realizes that the real struggle begins only after marriage.
"The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book" by Various
This was the first time when, and Savary was the first person to whom, Gallatin was willing to incur a pecuniary obligation.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
He became lax in his attendance at the synagogue, incurring the reproach of the family.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
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In poetry:

Awhile I would have passed for well,
And strove my spots to hide;
Till it broke out incurable,
Too plain to be denied.
"The Leper" by John Newton
Cancer’s an incurable illness
Death’s an irreversible phenomenon
In ridiculous clothing in striped pajamas
I water the geraniums
"Song Of The Cancer Patient Watering Geraniums " by Andrzej Bursa
TORBAY had incurred a good deal of expense
To make him a Scotchman in every sense;
But this is a matter, you'll readily own,
That isn't a question of tailors alone.
"Ellen McJones Aberdeen" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Thy father's curse, lest thou incur, take heed,
It ne'er departed from Cham's sooty race:
For Noah's curse still cleaves unto the breed;
You see it still in ev'ry negro's face.
"The Duty Of Children To Their Parents" by Rees Prichard
This had not saved him. Still the stain
Of the intention--had I erred
And 't was not he--had writ the word
Red on my soul that branded Cain;
For still my error had incurred
The fact of guilt that would remain.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
My nerves are turned on. I hear them like
musical instruments. Where there was silence
the drums, the strings are incurably playing. You did this.
Pure genius at work. Darling, the composer has stepped
into fire.
"The Kiss" by Anne Sexton

In news:

Basically, raising it is agreeing to pay debts that have already been incurred.
Jeremiah Underwood is 4 1/2 years old and has a incurable lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis.
Dr Stephen Boyce, a practitioner of bariatric surgery in Knoxville , understands that patients who undergo significant weight loss procedures have the potential to incur serious nutritional deficiencies.
Officials say the small four-seater single engine plane incurred minor damages to the bottom of the landing gear.
For some savers, their existing universal- life insurance policies, which rise without incurring taxes, are working out just fine.
Charlotte Currie, 4, suffers from Dravet syndrome, an incurable condition which affects one in 10 million.
AIDS is still incurable, but with antiretroviral drug therapies, HIV-infected people now live long, healthy lives.
Student loan debt incurred by students in their 30s and 40s has increased rapidly over the past several years.
Shown performing at the Midway Tavern in Mishawaka in September, blues guitarist Bryan Lee performs again at the venue Wednesday night in a show billed as a fundraiser to help him pay medical bills he¿s recently incurred.
The football league should create contingency agreements that tie player concessions to actual costs when they are incurred.
If I dove there, could I sue Scripps for any injuries incurred.
Incurable Optimist S. 2010 Bay Colt Harlan's Holiday.
US Bank and Fifth Third were among five that charge "tiered" fees, which vary depending on how many overdrafts are incurred in a twelve-month period.
Israeli tanks incur into Gaza, Palestinians injured – report.
A collective bargaining provision that requires a union to indemnify the employer for contingent liability the employer may incur does not violate public policy.
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In science:

In addition, the use of a primitive format for information interchange, namely text, incurs a significant slow down.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
The lower bound of the incurred approximation error involves the HSV corresponding to that nonlocal state.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
The experimental results indicate that our mechanisms incur substantially lower identity and support errors as compared to the prior techniques.
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
Our evaluation on a variety of real datasets shows that both identity and support errors are substantially lower than those incurred by the prior privacy-preserving techniques.
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
The third term arises from the chance of incurring a random potential of strength V .
Localization of Polymers in Random Media: Analogy with Quantum Particles in Disorder
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