Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “spell”

spell

verb  /spel/ us  

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]  /spel/ us  

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.
(Definition of spell from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of spell?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “spell” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

debut

the occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More