verb (used with object), in·curred, in·cur·ring.
- to come into or acquire (some consequence, usually undesirable or injurious): to incur a huge number of debts.
- to become liable or subject to through one’s own action; bring or take upon oneself: to incur his displeasure.
verb -curs, -curring or -curred (tr)
- to make oneself subject to (something undesirable); bring upon oneself
- to run into or encounter
early 15c., from Anglo-French encurir, Middle French encourir, from Latin incurrere “run into or against, rush at, make an attack;” figuratively, “to befall, happen, occur to,” from in- “upon” (see in- (2)) + currere “to run” (see current (adj.)). Related: Incurred; incurring.