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Synonyms for spur

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. goad, goading, prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring(noun)

    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, acantha(noun)

    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. spur(noun)

    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, gad(noun)

    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, spur(verb)

    a railway line connected to a trunk line

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

  6. spur(verb)

    incite or stimulate

    "The Academy was formed to spur research"


  7. spur, goad(verb)

    give heart or courage to

    needle, goad, prick

  8. spur(verb)

    strike with a spur


  9. spur(verb)

    goad with spurs

    "the rider spurred his horse"


  10. spur(verb)

    equip with spurs

    "spur horses"


Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. spur

    incite, goad, instigate, impel, urge, stimulate

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

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. spur(n.)

    goad, prick, point, rowel

  2. spur(n.)

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

  3. spur(n.)

    snag, point, knot, gnarl, knob, projection

  4. spur(n.)

    ergot, horn-seed, spurred rye

  5. spur(v. a.)

    prick (with the spur)

  6. spur(v. a.)

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

  7. spur(v. n.)

    prick, gallop, hasten, press forward, press on

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. spur(n)

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

  2. spur(v)

    goad, incite, urge, stimulate, instigate, impel

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    stimulate, epi, spike, encourage, talon, incentive, stimulus, galvanise, boost, ips

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How to use spur in a sentence?

  1. George Will:

    The gap between ideals and actualities, between dreams and achievements, the gap that can spur strong men to increased exertions, but can break the spirit of others -- this gap is the most conspicuous, continuous land mark in American history. It is conspicuous and continuous not because Americans achieve little, but because they dream grandly. The gap is a standing reproach to Americans; but it marks them off as a special and singularly admirable community among the world's peoples.

  2. Ban Ki-moon:

    Despite the demands of the Security Council to end the conflict, events and attacks that should shock our collective conscience and spur us into action have become a daily occurrence, often without comment or attention being paid to them.

  3. Frederic Neumann:

    Don't bet on a rebound in China later this year. The government has tried a lot to spur growth but so far it's not working, and that could also retrain energy demand.

  4. Yumi Ishikawa:

    This might spur that kind of action, so I think this is going in a good direction.

  5. Julia Gilliam Sterling:

    Richard Gilliam really values those employees and everything they did for him, and they were a huge part of his personal success. His hope is this will spur and encourage others with success in business to help the people that made them successful.

Translations for spur

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  • esperonar, esperóCatalan, Valencian
  • ostruhaCzech
  • sporeDanish
  • Ansporn, Sporn, anspornenGerman
  • sprono, sproniEsperanto
  • estimular, espolear, extensión, espolón, espolonear, acicate, motivar, alcurnia, espuela, incentivo, animar, incitar, incentivar, prolongación, acicatear, conexiónSpanish
  • yllyttää, kannustin, kannustaa, kannusFinnish
  • éperon, éperonner, ergotFrench
  • sarkantyúHungarian
  • խթանArmenian
  • memacuIndonesian
  • incitare, incoraggiare, protuberanza, divaricazione, spronare, propaggini, sperone, sporgenza, diramazione, pungolare, sprono, montare gli speroni, instigare, stimolareItalian
  • 拍車をかける, 刺激, 行動, 拍車, 突くJapanese
  • kipa, taumutuMāori
  • taji, pacuMalay
  • spoor, aanmoedigen, bewegen, aansporenDutch
  • ostrogaPolish
  • espora, provocar, estimular, instigarPortuguese
  • îndemnaRomanian
  • корень, побуждать, стимул, пришпорить, подгонять, пришпоривать, отрог, шпораRussian
  • оструга, мамуза, ostruga, mamuzaSerbo-Croatian
  • sporra, sporreSwedish
  • mahmuzTurkish
  • تمباکو نوشیUrdu

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