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English definition of “goad”

goad

verb [T]     /ɡəʊd/ US  /ɡoʊd/
to make a person or an animal react or do something by continuously annoying or upsetting them: Will the pressure applied by environmentalists be enough to goad the industrialized nations into us ing less fossil fuels ? He refused to be goaded by their insults . The team were goaded on by their desire to be first to complete the course . A group of children were goading (= laughing at or pushing ) another child in the school playground .Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act goad     noun [S] The thought of exams next week is a great goad to the students to work hard.Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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