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Definition of 'spell'

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  1. a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
       Synonyms: enchantment trance
  2. a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work"
       Synonyms: go tour turn
  3. a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition; "he was here for a little while"; "I need to rest for a piece"; "a spell of good weather"; "a patch of bad weather"
       Synonyms: while piece patch
  4. a verbal formula believed to have magical force; "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands"; "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"
       Synonyms: magic spell magical spell charm


  1. orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of; "How do you spell this word?" "We had to spell out our names for the police officer"
       Synonyms: spell out
  2. indicate or signify; "I'm afraid this spells trouble!"
       Synonyms: import
  3. write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word); "He spelled the word wrong in this letter"
       Synonyms: write
  4. relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn; "She spelled her husband at the wheel"
  5. place under a spell
       Antonyms: unspell
  6. take turns working; "the workers spell every four hours"

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