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verb [transitive]     incur pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleincurring
past tenseincurred
past participleincurred
  1. 1
    to lose money, owe money, or have to pay money as a result of doing something
    incur costs/expense/expenses:

    She may have to meet any costs incurred as a result of the delay.

    incur a debt:

    They are not personally liable for debts incurred by a partner.

    incur a loss:

    The company has incurred huge losses over the past three years.

  2. 2
    to experience something unpleasant as a result of something that you have done
    incur someone’s wrath/displeasure (=make someone angry):

    I do not wish to incur his wrath by repeating the allegations.

    incur a penalty:

    Kicking an opponent incurs a 25-point penalty.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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