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spur

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of spur

  1. 1 something that arouses action or activity <the threat of losing its only sports franchise was the spur the city council needed to finally do something about the rising crime rate> Synonyms boost, encouragement, goad, impetus, incentive, incitation, incitement, instigation, momentum, motivation, provocation, impulse, stimulant, stimulus, yeastRelated Words inducement, invitation; antecedent, cause, consideration, grounds, motive, occasion, reason; catalyst, catalyzer, fuel, sparkAntonyms counterincentive, disincentive

  2. 2 a structure that holds up or serves as a foundation for something else <a weak wall that might need a spur> Synonyms brace, buttress, mount, mounting, prop, reinforcement, shore, support, stay, underpinningRelated Words shoring; column, pedestal, pilaster, pillar; arch, bolster, bracket, cantilever, girder; bearing; crutch, peg, post, stake, stanchion, stand, stilt, strut, truss; base, foundation, frame




spur

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of spur

  1. to urge or push forward with or as if with a pointed object <gently spurred the horse with his heels> Synonyms dig, goad, prodRelated Words chuck, jab, jog, knock, nudge, poke; bore, drill, perforate, pierce, prick, punch, puncture, stab, stick; drive, hale, propel




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