from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To acquire or come into (something usually undesirable); sustain: incurred substantial losses during the stock market crash.
- transitive v. To become liable or subject to as a result of one's actions; bring upon oneself: incur the anger of a friend.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bring upon or expose oneself to, especially something inconvenient, harmful, or onerous; to become liable or subject to.
- v. To render somebody liable or subject to.
- v. To enter or pass into.
- v. To fall within a period or scope; to occur; to run into danger.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To render liable or subject to; to occasion.
- intransitive v. To pass; to enter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To run upon; impinge upon; run against or strike.
- 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.
- To enter; pass; occur; come to pass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make oneself subject to; bring upon oneself; become liable to
- v. receive a specified treatment (abstract)
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)