Meaning of “spell” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /spel/ past tense and past participle spelled, also UK spelt

A2 to write down or tell someone the letters that are used to make a word:

How do you spell that?
Her name's spelt S-I-A-N.

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If you can spell, you know how to write the words of a language correctly:

My grammar's all right, but I can't spell.
spell disaster/trouble, etc

If something spells disaster, trouble, etc, you think it will cause something bad to happen in the future:

The new regulations could spell disaster for small businesses.

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(Definition of “spell verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)