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

Simple past
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."
    Jill says: "C-A-T."
  3. To spell all the words in a language correctly.
    Jack says: I thought cat was spelled K-A-T.
    Jill 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.