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verb [transitive] spur pronunciation in American English /spɜr/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlespurring
past tensespurred
past participlespurred
  1. 1



    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.
    The attacks spurred lawmakers to pass tough laws against young offenders.
  2. 2
    to cause something to happen
    The results have spurred further investigation.
    A surplus of oil has spurred a drop in prices.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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