Spell - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spel|  American pronunciation of the word spell
Brit.  |spɛl|  British pronunciation of the word spell
irregular verb:  p.t. — spelt or spelled  p.p. — spelt or spelled


- a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation (syn: enchantment, trance)
- a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)(syn: go, tour, turn)
- a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition(syn: patch, piece, while)
- a verbal formula believed to have magical force(syn: charm)


- orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of
- indicate or signify(syn: import)
- write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)(syn: write)
- relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn
- place under a spell
- take turns working


Even Frank had fallen under her spell.

They say she died after a witch had cast a spell on her.

The audience was completely under his spell.

He gave his name and then spelt it.

You can spell it either way.

Sorry, I spelled it wrong.

He spells the way he speaks.

He is going through a difficult spell now.

He did a spell in prison.

I'll spell for a bit.

How do you spell 'juice'?

Pupils should know how to spell commonly used words.

You've spelled my name wrong.

B-O-O-K spells 'book'.

I can spell you if you get tired.

Phrasal verbs

spell out  — make explicit; specify in detail

Word forms

I/you/we/they: spell
he/she/it: spells
present participle: spelling
past tense: spelt or spelled
past participle: spelt or spelled
singular: spell
plural: spells
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