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English definition of “spur”

spur

verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)    /spɜːr/ US  /spɝː/ (-rr-)
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.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring
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