1 animate, drive, goad, impel, incite, press, prick, prod, prompt, put a bomb under (informal) stimulate, urge
3 impetus, impulse, incentive, incitement, inducement, kick up the backside (informal) motive, stimulus
4 on the spur of the moment impetuously, impromptu, impulsively, on impulse, on the spot, unpremeditatedly, unthinkingly, without planning, without thinking
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spur ( spurs plural & 3rd person present) ( spurring present participle) ( spurred past tense & past participle )
1 verb If one thing spurs you to do another, it encourages you to do it.
It's the money that spurs these fishermen to risk a long ocean journey in their flimsy boats... V n to-inf
His friend's plight had spurred him into taking part. V n to/into n/-ing
Spur on means the same as spur., phrasal verb
Their attitude, rather than reining him back, only seemed to spur Philip on... V n P
Criticism can be of great use; we may not like it at the time, but it can spur us on to greater things. V n P to n
2 verb If something spurs a change or event, it makes it happen faster or sooner. (JOURNALISM)
The administration may put more emphasis on spurring economic growth... V n
3 n-count Something that acts as a spurto something else encourages a person or organization to do that thing or makes it happen more quickly.
usu sing, oft N to n
...a belief in competition as a spur to efficiency...
4 n-count Spurs are small metal wheels with sharp points that are attached to the heels of a rider's boots. The rider uses them to make their horse go faster.
5 n-count The spur of a hill or mountain is a piece of ground which sticks out from its side.
6 If you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it suddenly, without planning it beforehand.
on the spur of the moment phrase PHR after v, PHR n They admitted they had taken a vehicle on the spur of the moment...
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