also: past tense & past participle spelled or (in British English also) spelt transitive verb
- 1 (write)(orally)how do you spell Kazakhstan?could you spell it for me?¿cómo se escribe Kazajstán?spell 'ridiculous'¿me lo deletrea?deletrea la palabra 'ridiculous'Example sentences
- Several immigrants didn't know how to write or spell their own names, so immigration inspectors created one for them.
- The first twenty pages of my first book are filled with nothing but hundreds of attempts to learn to write and spell my name.
- Did you make sure you spelt my name correctly?
- 2 (mean) this measure could spell the end of the organizationrising inflation spells trouble for the governmentesta medida podría significar el fin de la organizaciónit spelled disaster for the projectla creciente inflación anuncia or augura problemas para el gobiernoresultó nefasto or desastroso para el proyectoExample sentences
- Failure to resolve this last issue quickly and effectively would have spelled disaster for the plan.
- The variable that promised to spell disaster for Iowa farmers was the high seed costs associated with GM crops.
- For everyone else, however, it spells disaster.
also: past tense & past participle spelled or (in British English also) spelt intransitive verb
noun magic spell
- evil spell to cast a spell over o to put a spell on something/somebodyto break the spellhechizar or embrujar algo/a alguienshe was under the spell of the witchromper el encanto or el hechizoshe is completely under his spellestaba bajo el hechizo de la brujagenerations of children have fallen under the spell of his storiesla tiene totalmente embelesada or encandiladasus cuentos han fascinado a los niños de varias generacionesExample sentences
- It wasn't quite the same as when a sorcerer used high level spells, but the words were still unintelligible.
- Taukat showed his agreement by muttering the words of a spell and conjuring a cloud of acid rain over the unsuspecting targets.
- Kyri was mumbling the words to a spell which she finished by laying her hand on Aikel's arm.
- 1 (of weather) a spell of wet weatherwe had a very cold spell last monthun período de lluvia(s)el mes pasado tuvimos unos días or una racha or un período de mucho fríoExample sentences
- Paul took up the post of County Accountant in the mid-Seventies, leaving for a short spell, only to return to take up the post of Finance Officer.
- However, he was married for a short spell while he was living in County Kerry.
- They merely took advantage of it for short spells while unable to obtain other work.
- 2 (period of time) we've had a very busy spell in the officeafter a short spell in journalismhemos tenido un período or una temporada de mucho trabajo en la oficinaI was going through a bad spelltras trabajar una breve temporada como periodistacome and sit down for a spell (American English)estaba pasando por una mala rachaI'll take a spell at the wheel nowven y siéntate un ratoahora voy a manejar or (Spain) conducir yo un ratome toca a mí sentarme al volante ahora
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