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 develop faster:

The huge new factory spurred economic growth in the entire region.

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spurnoun [ C ]

us /spɜr/

spur noun [ C ] (SHARP OBJECT)

a sharp metal object sticking 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 develop faster:

The team's win on Saturday will be a spur to even greater effort this season.

(Definition of “spur” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)