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Pronunciation: /spɜːr; spɜː(r)/

Translation of spur in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 espuela (feminine) on the spur of the moment sin pensarlo it was a spur-of-the-moment decision fue una decisión del momento, lo decidí ( or decidió etc) sin pensarlo or de improviso to win o gain one's spurs demostrar* su ( or mi etc) valía
    Example sentences
    • Openness to trade acts as a spur to efficiency, innovation, and international competitiveness generally.
    • Inequality is natural, inevitable and may even be a good thing - a spur to ambition, competition and achievement.
    • They have been cited as a spur to a recovery in business confidence, though the evidence of this is not clear-cut and, in the case of Japan, flatly contradictory.
    1.2 (stimulus) acicate (masculine), aguijón (masculine) driven by the spur of ambition/passion acicateado or aguijoneado por la ambición/pasión 1.3 [Zoology/Zoología] espolón (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Their well-feathered shanks had razor sharp spurs protruding ominously, and the feet were also covered in dense, thick feathers to protect the skin from the brutal cold.
  • 2 2.1 [Geography/Geografía] espolón (masculine), ramal (masculine) 2.2spur (track) (of railway, road) ramal (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • The main spine would run between the existing and heavily-used west coast and east coast lines, with spurs to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
    • The work will also include a spur road into the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
    • At the airport, a system of rail spurs would connect aviation-related businesses, warehouses and cargo storage areas.
    Example sentences
    • The terrain between the spur of the mountain range and the sea is flat and thickly forested.
    • The hilltop spur has stunning views across the Severn valley.
    • It took them a week to reach the eastern spur of the Waiongona Gorge, near the present Mountain House, the last camp before the summit attempt.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-rr-)

  • 1.1 [Riding] [horse] espolear 1.2

    spur (on)

    (urge on) [person/team] estimular, alentar* this should spur them (on) to greater efforts esto debería estimularlos or alentarlos a esforzarse más spurred (on) by dreams of wealth aguijoneado or acicateado por sueños de riqueza

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (-rr-)

  • [archaic] apretar* el paso

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