English definition of “spell”
/spel/ verb (past tense and past participle spelled, also UK spelt)
WORDS [T] › to write down or tell someone the letters which are used to make a word: How do you spell that? Her name's spelt S-I-A-N.
ABILITY [I] › 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.