spell

 /spel/

For the verb: "to spell"

Simple Past: spelled, spelt
Past Participle: spelled, spelt

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
spell1 /spɛl/USA pronunciation v., spelledorspelt/spɛlt/USA pronunciationspell•ing. Linguisticsto name, write, or otherwise give the letters, in order, of (a word, syllable, etc.): [+ object]Did I spell your name right?[no object]How did you learn to spell so well? Linguistics, [not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] (of letters) to form (a word, syllable, etc.):Y-e-s spells yes. to read or say (a word) letter by letter or with difficulty: [+ out + object]Spell out your name for me.[+ object + out]to spell some words out. [not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to signify;
amount to;
mean or signal:This delay spells disaster for the business.
spell out, to explain something plainly: [+ object + out]Must I spell it out for you? Our engagement is broken![+ out + object]Would someone spell out for me just what this crisis will do to our company?
spell2 /spɛl/USA pronunciation n. [countable] a word or phrase believed to have magic power;
an incantation:uttering charms and spells.
a state or period of enchantment caused by magic power:living under a spell. [usually: singular] any strong influence; fascination:under the spell of music.
spell3 /spɛl/USA pronunciation n. [countable] a continuous period of activity:You've been driving all day; let someone else take a spell at the wheel. a bout or fit of anything experienced:a spell of coughing. an indefinite period:Come visit us for a spell. a period of weather of a certain kind:a hot spell.
v. [+ object] to take the place of for a time; relieve:Let me spell you at the wheel.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

spell /spɛl/ vb (spells, spelling, spelt, spelled)
  1. to write or name in correct order the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)
  2. (transitive) (of letters) to go to make up the conventionally established form of (a word) when arranged correctly: d-o-g spells dog
  3. (transitive) to indicate or signify: such actions spell disaster for our cause

See also spell outEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French espeller, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse spialla to talk, Middle High German spellen

ˈspellable adj
spell /spɛl/ n
  1. a verbal formula considered as having magical force
  2. any influence that can control the mind or character; fascination
  3. a state induced by or as if by the pronouncing of a spell; trance: to break the spell
  4. under a spellheld in or as if in a spell
vb
  1. (transitive) rare to place under a spell
Etymology: Old English spell speech; related to Old Norse spjall tale, Gothic spill, Old High German spel
spell /spɛl/ n
  1. an indeterminate, usually short, period of time: a spell of cold weather
  2. a period or tour of duty after which one person or group relieves another
  3. Scot Austral NZ a period or interval of rest
vb
  1. (transitive) to take over from (a person) for an interval of time; relieve temporarily
Etymology: Old English spelian to take the place of, of obscure origin



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