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Meaning & Definition of Spell in English

English

Spell

/spɛl/

noun

1. A psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation

    synonym:
  • enchantment
  • ,
  • spell
  • ,
  • trance

2. A time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)

  • "It's my go"
  • "A spell of work"
    synonym:
  • go
  • ,
  • spell
  • ,
  • tour
  • ,
  • turn

3. A period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition

  • "He was here for a little while"
  • "I need to rest for a piece"
  • "A spell of good weather"
  • "A patch of bad weather"
    synonym:
  • while
  • ,
  • piece
  • ,
  • spell
  • ,
  • patch

4. A verbal formula believed to have magical force

  • "He whispered a spell as he moved his hands"
  • "Inscribed around its base is a charm in balinese"
    synonym:
  • spell
  • ,
  • magic spell
  • ,
  • magical spell
  • ,
  • charm

verb

1. Orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of

  • "How do you spell this word?" "we had to spell out our names for the police officer"
    synonym:
  • spell
  • ,
  • spell out

2. Indicate or signify

  • "I'm afraid this spells trouble!"
    synonym:
  • spell
  • ,
  • import

3. Write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)

  • "He spelled the word wrong in this letter"
    synonym:
  • spell
  • ,
  • write

4. Relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn

  • "She spelled her husband at the wheel"
    synonym:
  • spell

5. Place under a spell

    synonym:
  • spell

6. Take turns working

  • "The workers spell every four hours"
    synonym:
  • spell

Examples of using

Can you spell it?
Mary put a spell on Tom.
How do you spell it?