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v. spelled or spelt (spĕlt), spell·ing, spells
1. To name or write in order the letters constituting (a word).
2. To constitute the letters of (a word): These letters spell animal.
3. To add up to; signify: Their unwise investment could spell financial ruin.
To name or write in order the letters of a word or words: I've never been able to spell very well.
To defeat in a spelling bee.
1. To make clear and explicit: asked him to spell out his objectives.
2. To name or write in order the letters that constitute (a word or part of a word): spelled out my name.
[Middle English spellen, to read letter by letter, from Old French espeller, of Germanic origin.]
a. A word or formula believed to have magic power.
b. A bewitched state or trance: The sorcerer put the prince under a spell.
2. A compelling attraction; charm or fascination: the spell of the theater.
tr.v. spelled, spell·ing, spells
To put (someone) under a spell; bewitch.
[Middle English, discourse, from Old English.]
1. A short, indefinite period of time.
2. Informal A period of weather of a particular kind: a dry spell.
a. One's turn at work.
b. A period of work; a shift.
4. Australian A period of rest.
5. Informal A period of physical or mental disorder or distress: a dizzy spell.
6. Informal A short distance.
v. spelled, spell·ing, spells
1. To relieve (someone) from work temporarily by taking a turn.
2. To allow (someone) to rest a while.
1. To take turns working.
2. Australian To rest for a time from an activity.
[From Middle English spelen, to spare, from Old English spelian, to represent, substitute for.]
vb (tr, adverb)
1. to make clear, distinct, or explicit; clarify in detail: let me spell out the implications.
2. to read laboriously or with difficulty, working out each word letter by letter
3. to discern by study; puzzle out
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|Verb||1.||spell out - make explicit; specify in detail; "You should spell out your demands"|
|2.||spell out - spell fully and without abbreviating; "Can you spell out your middle name instead of just giving the initial?"|
|3.||spell out - 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"|
misspell - spell incorrectly
recite - repeat aloud from memory; "she recited a poem"; "The pupil recited his lesson for the day"
vt sep (= spell aloud) → buchstabieren; (= read slowly) → entziffern; (= explain) → verdeutlichen, klarmachen; to spell something out for somebody → jdm etw klarmachen; he needs everything spelled out to him → man muss ihm alles überdeutlich machen; do I have to spell it out for you? (inf) → muss ich noch deutlicher werden?