spell

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 /spel/

For the verb: "to spell"

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

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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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