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Definition of spurred

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 From the ceiling hang two sparkling white ships, looking like some magical sugar sculptures with spurred outriggers that can both sail through the sky and under the sea. Siobhan Morrissey, miamiherald, "Eduoard Duval-Carrié’s dreamy duality reveals a dark and somber tale," 13 Oct. 2017 Concern that bump stocks would be outlawed spurred gun enthusiasts to flood retailer websites and secondary markets, much the way traditional gun sales often rise following massacres. Polly Mosendz, Bloomberg.com, "Bump-Fire Stock Prices Double, Thanks to the NRA," 5 Oct. 2017 Nonetheless, the big show spurred American collectors, such as John Quinn, Walter and Louise Arensberg, Arthur B. Davies and Katherine Dreier, to acquire Brancusi’s work. William C. Agee, WSJ, "Constantin Brancusi Conquered America," 23 Aug. 2017

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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