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Meaning of “spur” in the English Dictionary

"spur" in British English

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spurverb [T]

uk   /spɜːr/  us   /spɝː/ (-rr-)

spurnoun [C]

uk   /spɜːr/  us   /spɝː/
(Definition of spur from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spur" in American English

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spurverb [T]

 us   /spɜr/ (-rr-)
  • spur verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)

to ​encourage an ​activity or ​development, or to ​cause something to ​developfaster: The ​huge new ​factory spurred ​economicgrowth in the ​entireregion.
Phrasal verbs

spurnoun [C]

 us   /spɜr/
  • spur noun [C] (SHARP OBJECT)

a ​sharpmetalobjectsticking out of a U-shaped ​device that is ​attached to the ​heel of a ​boot and used by a ​rider to ​encourage a ​horse to go ​faster
  • spur noun [C] (ENCOURAGEMENT)

something that ​encourages an ​activity or ​development or makes it ​developfaster: The team's ​win on ​Saturday will be a spur to ​evengreatereffort this ​season.
(Definition of spur from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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