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spell1  audio  (spl) KEY 

VERB:
spelled or spelt  (splt) KEY , spell·ing, spells
VERB:
tr.
  1. To name or write in order the letters constituting (a word or part of a word).
  2. To constitute the letters of (a word): These letters spell animal.
  3. To add up to; signify: Their unwise investment could spell financial ruin.
VERB:
intr.
To form words by means of letters.

PHRASAL VERBS:
spell down
To defeat in a spelling bee.
spell out
  1. To make perfectly clear and understandable: asked him to spell out his objectives.
  2. To read slowly and laboriously.
  3. To puzzle out; comprehend by study.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English spellen, to read letter by letter, from Old French espeller, of Germanic origin


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