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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: spur /spɜː(r)/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspur
he/she/itspurs
present participlespurring
past tensespurred
past participlespurred
  1. 1

    spur

    or

    spur on

    to encourage someone to do something

    The thought of failing my exams spurred me into action.

    His comments spurred me on to success.

  2. 2
    to cause something to happen

    A surplus of oil has spurred a drop in prices.

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