Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

incur  - definition and synonyms

 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] incur pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈkɜr/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyincur
he/she/itincurs
present participleincurring
past tenseincurred
past participleincurred
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    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.

  2. 2
    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.

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog