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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. spur

    incite, goad, instigate, impel, urge, stimulate

    rein, inhibit, hold, discourage, deter, dissuade, restrain, temper, moderate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. goad, goading, prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurringnoun

    a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

    "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"

    spur track, goading, spurring, prod, prodding, gad, importunity, urgency, urging, goad, acantha, spine, branch line

  2. spur, spine, acanthanoun

    any sharply pointed projection

    gad, prod, sticker, spikelet, goading, urging, prickle, pricker, spine, thorn, spurring, spinal column, back, branch line, backbone, acantha, spur track, rachis, prodding, goad, vertebral column

  3. spurnoun

    tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers

    spur track, goading, spurring, prod, prodding, gad, spine, urging, acantha, branch line, goad

  4. spur, gadnoun

    a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward

    "cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on"

    generalized anxiety disorder, spur track, goading, spurring, prod, prodding, gad, spine, urging, acantha, branch line, goad, anxiety reaction

  5. branch line, spur track, spurverb

    a railway line connected to a trunk line

    spur track, goading, spurring, prod, goad, gad, spine, urging, acantha, prodding, branch line

  6. spurverb

    incite or stimulate

    "The Academy was formed to spur research"


  7. spur, goadverb

    give heart or courage to

    needle, goad, prick

  8. spurverb

    strike with a spur


  9. spurverb

    goad with spurs

    "the rider spurred his horse"


  10. spurverb

    equip with spurs

    "spur horses"


Editors Contribution

  1. actuate

    anything that pushes someone or something forward

    her mother's motivational talk spurred her daughter to endure high school.

    Submitted by rinat on June 1, 2017  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. spurnoun

    goad, prick, point, rowel

  2. spurnoun

    incitement, stimulus, incentive, impulse, inducement, instigation, provocation, motive

  3. spurnoun

    snag, point, knot, gnarl, knob, projection

  4. spurnoun

    ergot, horn-seed, spurred rye

  5. spurverb

    prick (with the spur)

  6. spurverb

    stimulate, incite, rouse, arouse, goad, induce, instigate, impel, urge forward, drive

  7. spurverb

    prick, gallop, hasten, press forward, press on

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. spurnoun

    rowel, goad, prick, snag, projection, incitement, stimulus, goad, incentive, instigation, impetus, provocation, spine (on a cock's leg)

  2. spurverb

    goad, incite, urge, stimulate, instigate, impel

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  1. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness:

    A ship leaves no trace in the sea, but countless in your heart. In German: Ein Schiff hinterlässt keine Spur im Meer, aber unzählige im Herzen. This is how I heard it on a german radio station. Can anyone confirm this and give it a final correction, plus let us know for sure where it´s from in Joseph Conrad´s work? Thomas, from Germany

  2. Liu Haiying:

    The central bank needs more monetary easing measures to spur growth.

  3. President Biden:

    Maybe that would spur us to get a good immigration policy that works for Americans and secure our borders -- the borders have to be secure.

  4. Commerce Ministry:

    Even as government of India is conscious of the need to spur innovation and protect individual rights, it retains the sovereign right to utilize the flexibilities provided in the international (IP rights) regime, it may be noted that to date, there has been only one case of compulsory license in India and that too after a well-thought out and laid down process, which was subsequently upheld right up to the highest Court of the land.

  5. Noah Syndergaard:

    There's not pain regarding the bone spur. I did n’t have any discomfort, just fatigue really, this is my first full season in the big leagues. I’ve thrown a lot of pitches and innings. It’s just that time of the year.

Translations for spur

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  • esperonar, esperóCatalan, Valencian
  • ostruhaCzech
  • sporeDanish
  • Sporn, anspornen, AnspornGerman
  • sproni, spronoEsperanto
  • prolongación, conexión, espolonear, acicate, incentivar, incitar, motivar, alcurnia, espuela, incentivo, animar, espolear, espolón, acicatear, extensión, estimularSpanish
  • kannustaa, yllyttää, kannustin, kannusFinnish
  • éperon, éperonner, ergotFrench
  • sarkantyúHungarian
  • խթանArmenian
  • memacuIndonesian
  • sprono, diramazione, stimolare, incitare, pungolare, sporgenza, montare gli speroni, incoraggiare, sperone, instigare, propaggini, protuberanza, spronare, divaricazioneItalian
  • 拍車をかける, 行動, 刺激, 突く, 拍車Japanese
  • kipa, taumutuMāori
  • taji, pacuMalay
  • aansporen, bewegen, spoor, aanmoedigenDutch
  • ostrogaPolish
  • estimular, provocar, espora, instigarPortuguese
  • îndemnaRomanian
  • подгонять, шпора, корень, побуждать, стимул, пришпорить, отрог, пришпориватьRussian
  • mamuza, оструга, мамуза, ostrugaSerbo-Croatian
  • sporre, sporraSwedish
  • mahmuzTurkish
  • تمباکو نوشیUrdu

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