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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 of spur boost, encouragement, goad, impetus, incentive, incitation, incitement, instigation, momentum, motivation, provocation, impulse, stimulant, stimulus, yeastWords Related to spur inducement, invitation; antecedent, cause, consideration, grounds, motive, occasion, reason; catalyst, catalyzer, fuel, sparkAntonyms of spur 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 of spur brace, buttress, mount, mounting, prop, reinforcement, shore, support, stay, underpinningWords Related to spur shoring; column, pedestal, pilaster, pillar; arch, bolster, bracket, cantilever, girder; bearing; crutch, peg, post, stake, stanchion, stand, stilt, strut, truss; base, foundation, frame

Synonym Discussion of spur

motive, impulse, incentive, inducement, spur, goad mean a stimulus to action. motive implies an emotion or desire operating on the will and causing it to act.
    • a motive for the crime
impulse suggests a driving power arising from personal temperament or constitution.
    • buying on impulse
incentive applies to an external influence (such as an expected reward) inciting to action.
    • a bonus was offered as an incentive
inducement suggests a motive prompted by the deliberate enticements or allurements of another.
    • offered a watch as an inducement to subscribe
spur applies to a motive that stimulates the faculties or increases energy or ardor.
    • fear was a spur to action
goad suggests a motive that keeps one going against one's will or desire.
    • thought insecurity a goad to worker efficiency

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 of spur dig, goad, prodWords Related to spur chuck, jab, jog, knock, nudge, poke; bore, drill, perforate, pierce, prick, punch, puncture, stab, stick; drive, hale, propel


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