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Definition of "spell" []

  • To name or write in order the letters constituting (a word or part of a word). (verb-transitive)
  • To constitute the letters of (a word): These letters spell animal. (verb-transitive)
  • To add up to; signify: Their unwise investment could spell financial ruin. (verb-transitive)
  • To form words by means of letters. (verb-intransitive)
  • Spell down To defeat in a spelling bee. (phrasal-verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spell" in a sentence
  • "I've been away from the Blogosphere for a spell myself -- well, for a short time, not actually a *spell*, if we're talking about Lovecraft."
  • "Who can spell a French word, but not an easy English word?"
  • "I did not know that upon the hot stream beside which you found me, a certain woman, by no means so powerful as myself, not being immortal, had cast what you call a spell -- which is merely the setting in motion of a force as natural as any other, but operating primarily in a region beyond the ken of the mortal who makes use of the force."