spur Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"spur" in British English

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spurverb [T]

uk   /spɜːr/  us   /spɝː/ (-rr-)

spur verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)

C2 to ​encourage an ​activity or ​development or make it ​happenfaster: Rising ​consumersales have the ​effect of spurring the ​economy tofastergrowth. Spurred (on) by her early ​success, she went on to write four more ​novels in ​rapidsuccession.

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!"

spurnoun [C]

uk   /spɜːr/  us   /spɝː/

spur noun [C] (SHARP OBJECT)

a ​sharp, wheel-shaped ​metalobject that is ​attached to the heel of ​bootsworn by ​peopleridinghorses 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 toevengreatereffort this ​season.
(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.
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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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