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goad

goad

 
 
pronunciation:
god
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that spurs a person to action; stimulus.
The new tax acted as a goad to political unrest.
synonyms:
incentive, prod, spur, stimulus
antonyms:
curb
similar words:
inducement, jog, jolt, motivation, prick, stimulant
definition 2: a rod with a pointed or electric tip, used to urge cattle or other animals to move; prod.
synonyms:
prod
similar words:
pole, rod, staff
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: goaded, goading, goads
definition 1: to stimulate or spur (someone) to act, esp. by annoying or irritating.
He was reluctant, but his mother goaded him into calling this woman for a date.
synonyms:
prick, prod, push, spur on
antonyms:
curb
similar words:
drive, impel, jolt, lash, motivate, needle, prompt, stimulate
definition 2: to prick, prod, or direct with or as with a goad.
The hogs were goaded into the pen.
synonyms:
poke, prick, prod
similar words:
drive, impel, jab, lash, propel, thrust, whip
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