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spur

verb [T] uk   /spɜːr/ us    /spɝː/ (-rr-)

spur verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)

C2 to encourage an activity or development or make it happen faster: Rising consumer sales have the effect of spurring the economy to faster growth. Spurred (on) by her early success, she went on to write four more novels in rapid succession.

spur verb [T] (SHARP OBJECT)

to push spurs into the side of a horse to make it go faster: He spurred his horse on and shouted "Faster! Faster!"

spur

noun [C] uk   /spɜːr/ us    /spɝː/

spur noun [C] (SHARP OBJECT)

a sharp, wheel-shaped metal object that is attached to the heel of boots worn by people riding horses and is used to encourage the horse to go faster

spur noun [C] (MOUNTAIN)

a high piece of land that sticks out from a mountain or a group of mountains

spur noun [C] (ENCOURAGEMENT)

something that acts as an encouragement for an activity or development: The manager said that the team's win on Saturday would be a spur to even greater effort this season.
(Definition of spur from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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