spell

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spell is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
spell

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
spell

Third-person singular
spells

Past tense
spelled

Past participle
spelled

Present participle
spelling

Plain form
spell

Third-person singular
spells

Past tense
spelt

Past participle
spelt

Present participle
spelling

  1. (of letters) To make up a word.
    C, A and T spell cat.
  2. To say or write all the letters that make up a word, in the right order.
    Jack says: "Spell cat for me, Jill."
    Maria says: "C-A-T."
  3. To spell all the words in a language correctly.
    Jack says: I thought cat was spelled K-A-T.
    Maria says: That is because you cannot spell very well.

Synonyms[change]

Related words[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
spell

Plural
spells

  1. A spell is an amount of time.
    He stayed in his house for quite a spell.
  2. What happens during an amount of time.
    We've had a bad spell of weather.
  3. Words supposed to have a magical power, or the effect they are supposed to have.
    He cast a spell on us.
    The witch cast an evil spell on the princess.