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spell 1

American English: /spɛl/
British English: /spɛl/

past tense & past participle spelled or (in British English also) spelt transitive verb

  • 1 (write)
    (orally) deletrear
    how do you spell Kazakhstan?
    ¿cómo se escribe Kazajstán?
    could you spell it for me?
    ¿me lo deletrea?
    spell 'ridiculous'
    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)
    (foretell) anunciar
    augurar
    this measure could spell the end of the organization
    esta medida podría significar el fin de la organización
    rising inflation spells trouble for the government
    la creciente inflación anuncia or augura problemas para el gobierno
    it spelled disaster for the project
    resultó nefasto or desastroso para el proyecto
    Example 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.

past tense & past participle spelled or (in British English also) spelt intransitive verb

Phrasal verbs

spell out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1
(word)
deletrear
2 (explain)
explicar en detalle
the problem is spelled out in the letter
el problema está explicado en detalle en la carta
don't you understand? do I have to spell it out?
¿no entiendes? ¿te lo tengo que decir letra por letra?
she has to have everything spelled out in detail
hay que explicarle todo letra por letra or con lujo de detalles

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spell 2
American English: /spɛl/
British English: /spɛl/

noun magic spell

  • evil spell to cast a spell over o to put a spell on something/somebody
    hechizar or embrujar algo/a alguien
    to break the spell
    romper el encanto or el hechizo
    she was under the spell of the witch
    estaba bajo el hechizo de la bruja
    she is completely under his spell
    la tiene totalmente embelesada or encandilada
    generations of children have fallen under the spell of his stories
    sus cuentos han fascinado a los niños de varias generaciones
    Example 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.

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spell 3
American English: /spɛl/
British English: /spɛl/

noun

  • 1 (of weather) a spell of wet weather
    un período de lluvia(s)
    we had a very cold spell last month
    el mes pasado tuvimos unos días or una racha or un período de mucho frío
    Example 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 office
    hemos tenido un período or una temporada de mucho trabajo en la oficina
    after a short spell in journalism
    tras trabajar una breve temporada como periodista
    I was going through a bad spell
    estaba pasando por una mala racha
    come and sit down for a spell (American English)
    ven y siéntate un rato
    I'll take a spell at the wheel now
    ahora voy a manejar or (Spain) conducir yo un rato
    me toca a mí sentarme al volante ahora

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