Synonyms of spell in English:

spell1

verb

  • the drought could spell disaster for wildlife in some parts of the country
    lead to, result in, bring about, bring on, cause, be the cause of; mean, amount to, add up to, constitute, signal, signify, point to; portend, augur, presage, herald, bode, promise; involve
  • Phrases

    spell something out

    Chapman spelled out his aims for the clubexplainmake clearmake plainelucidateclarifyspecifyset outset forthstate preciselybe specific aboutitemizedetailenumeratelistunfoldexpoundparticularizedelineatecataloguerehearse

    Word links

    orthography spelling system of a language

    Definition of spell in:

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

    Word of the day antebellum
    Pronunciation: ˌantɪˈbɛləm
    adjective
    occurring or existing before a particular war…

    Synonyms of spell in English:

    spell2

    noun

  • 1 the witch recited a spell
    incantation, charm, conjuration, rune, magic formula; abracadabra; (spells)sorcery, magic, witchcraft, witchery; North Americanhex, mojo; New Zealandmakutu
  • 2 Margaret surrendered to his spell
  • Phrases

    cast a spell on

    everyone froze, as if a wizard had cast a spell on thembewitchenchantcursejinxwitchNorth AmericanhexAustralianpoint the bone at literaryentrance

    Definition of spell in:

    Synonyms of spell in English:

    spell3

    noun

  • 1 the current spell of dry weather
    period, time, interval, season, stretch, run, course, round, span, streak; snap
    British informal patch, spot
  • 2 his spells of dizziness
    bout, fit, attack; dose
  • 3 she did a spell at the tiller
    stint, turn, stretch, session, term; shift, tour of duty, watch
  • Definition of spell in: