incur

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From Anglo-Norman encurir, Middle French encourir, from Old French encorre, from Latin incurrere

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incur (third-person singular simple present incurs, present participle incurring, simple past and past participle incurred)

  1. (transitive) To bring upon oneself or expose oneself to, especially something inconvenient, harmful, or onerous; to become liable or subject to.
  2. (chiefly law) To render somebody liable or subject to.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To enter or pass into.
  4. (obsolete, intransitive) To fall within a period or scope; to occur; to run into danger.
  5. (transitive) To render liable or subject to; to occasion.
    • Chapman
      Lest you incur me much more damage in my fame than you have done me pleasure in preserving my life.

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