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Definition of spurred

1 : wearing spurs
2 : having one or more spurs a spurred violet

Examples of spurred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rapid spread of the blaze spurred evacuations that were later lifted, FOX10 reported. Fox News, "Arizona wildfire explodes in size in time-lapse video, burns over 800 acres," 2 July 2020 After more than two weeks of demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd, protesters across the country hope to combat fatigue and preserve the momentum of the movement that has so far spurred steps toward widespread police reforms. WSJ, "Coverage of the Unrest Sparked by George Floyd’s Killing," 13 June 2020 Favorable conditions last year across much of Rio Grande range spurred production and that should be evident as the spring hunting season for the species begins March 21 in the South Zone and April 4 in the North Zone. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Spring turkey outlook: Prime conditions mean thriving jakes," 12 Mar. 2020 Economic historians long reckoned that enclosure, though unjust and brutal, spurred progress and laid the groundwork for industrialisation. The Economist, "The alternatives to privatisation and nationalisation," 12 Sep. 2019 The shooting left 17 people dead and spurred national protests from students high school-age and younger. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "New Orleans students walkout to honor Columbine shooting victims, call for gun reform," 20 Apr. 2018 Facebook’s lack of responsiveness in removing material that users had flagged spurred lawmakers to act, too. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is Germany’s bold new law a way to clean up the internet or is it stifling free expression?," 8 Apr. 2018 The tweet went viral and spurred debate on how people feel about the shape of states. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Rich Cordray takes stance on the shape of Ohio: He finds it, well, pleasing," 9 Jan. 2018 The dams, pipelines and roads that these loans built spurred progress. Landon Thomas Jr., New York Times, "The World Bank Is Remaking Itself as a Creature of Wall Street," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spurred

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Spurred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spurred. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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