- 1to encourage somebody to do something or to encourage them to try harder to achieve something spur somebody/something (on) to something/to do something Her difficult childhood spurred her on to succeed. My trainer spurred me to keep up a pace of four miles an hour. spur somebody/something into something I was spurred into action by the letter. spur somebody/something (on) The band has been spurred on by the success of their last single.
- 2spur something to make something happen faster or sooner The agreement is essential to spurring economic growth around the world. The fire, spurred by high temperatures and strong winds, had burnt more than 140 acres.
- 3spur something to encourage a horse to go faster, especially by pushing the spurs on your boots into its side As he shouted his order he spurred the horse forward suddenly. See related entries: Equine sports Word Origin Old English spora, spura, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch spoor and German Sporn, also to spurn.Extra examples An increase in the country’s arsenal could spur an arms race in the region. My trainer spurred me to keep up a pace of six kilometres an hour. The agreement is essential to spurring economic growth. The band has been spurred on by the success of their last single The fire, spurred by high temperatures and strong winds, spread quickly.
BrE BrE//spɜː(r)//; NAmE NAmE//spɜːr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spur
BrE BrE//spɜː(r)//; NAmE NAmE//spɜːr//he / she / it spurs
BrE BrE//spɜːz//; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrz//past simple spurred
BrE BrE//spɜːd//; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrd//past participle spurred
BrE BrE//spɜːd//; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrd//-ing form spurring
BrE BrE//ˈspɜːrɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɜːrɪŋ//Equine sports