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spell

verb  us   /spel/

spell verb (FORM WORDS)

[I/T] to form a word or words with the letters in the correct order: [I] As a child he never learned to spell. [T] Send it to Dr. Mikolajczyk – I’ll spell that name for you (= say the letters that form the word).

spell verb (RESULT)

[T] to have usually something unpleasant as a result: This cold weather could spell trouble for gardeners.

spell

noun [C]  us   /spel/

spell noun [C] (PERIOD)

a period of time during which an activity or condition lasts: a spell of wet weather She lived in London for a short spell in the 1980s.

spell noun [C] (POWER)

a magic power produced by speaking a set of words or taking a specific set of actions: He was placed under a spell that could be broken only when the princess kissed him.
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