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I UK [spel] / US verb
Word forms "spell":
present tense I/you/we/they spell he/she/it spells present participle spelling past tense spelt UK [spelt] or spelled past participle spelt or spelled
1) [transitive] to know the letters of a word in the correct order

Can you spell the word "beautiful"?

a) [transitive] to say or write the letters of a word in the correct order

You've spelt my name wrong.

b) [intransitive] to have a good knowledge of the way that words are written

Her writing is neat, but she can't spell.

c) [transitive] if a series of letters spells a word, they make that word. This is usually used by children and teachers

L-O-V-E spells "love".

2) [transitive] to show that something is going to happen, usually something bad

The news spelled the death of the US car industry.

spell disaster/trouble:

There's a determined look about him which can only spell trouble for his rivals.

3) [transitive] American informal to do someone's work for a short time, so that they can rest

I'd better go spell Mitch for a couple of hours.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [spel] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "spell":
singular spell plural spells
a) a period of time, usually a short one

a two-week spell in hospital

a brief/short spell:

After a short spell in the army, I went to college.

b) a period when there is a particular type of weather
a hot/cold/wet/dry spell:

A prolonged wet spell causes trouble for fruit farmers.

2) a time when you suddenly feel ill
fainting/dizzy spell:

He's had another of his dizzy spells.

3) a powerful influence on someone, usually an influence that makes them admire or obey another person
fall/be under someone's spell:

He was not the first man to fall under her spell.

cast a spell on someone:

The beautiful island seemed to have cast a spell on him.

4) words or actions that are intended to make magic things happen
cast/put a spell on:

The witch cast a spell on him and turned him into a beast.

break the spell (= end it):

What did the princess do to break the spell?

English dictionary. 2014.

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