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goad

noun

1 goad

A pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion.

synonym: prod.



2 goad

A verbalization that encourages you to attempt something.

synonyms: goading, prod, prodding, spur, spurring, urging.

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more

verb

1 goad

Give heart or courage to.

synonym: spur.

Roget 615: induce, move; draw, draw on; bring in its train, give an impulse etc. n.; to; inspire; put up to, prompt, call up; attract, ... show more

2 goad

Urge with or as if with a goad.

3 goad

Stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick.

synonym: prick.

4 goad

Annoy or provoke, as by constant criticism.

synonym: needle.

Dutch: aanmoedigen, proveceren, stimuleren


Moby thesaurus: actuate, animate, assault, bear, bear upon, boost, buck, bull, bulldoze, bump, bump against, bunt, butt, butt against, cage, catalyst, coerce, compel, compulsion, corral ... show more.

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