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spell something out

Definition of spell something out in English:

1Speak the letters that form a word in sequence.
Example sentences
  • I was communicating by spelling things out on a letter board.
  • At this rate, I would be surprised if she started spelling the words out for us.
  • Sarah practically spelled the words out to him and he showed no signs of knowing what the hell she was talking about.
1.1Explain something in detail: I’ll spell out the problem again
More example sentences
  • He said his plans will be spelled out in more detail in the strategy he will present to the EU later this week.
  • One area where costs are spelled out in detail is that of executive salary packages.
  • The details of the agreement will be spelled out in a contract.
explain, make clear, make plain, elucidate, clarify;
specify, itemize, detail, enumerate, list, expound, particularize, catalog
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