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Definition 1: a verbal formula believed to have magical force - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where spell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he whispered a spell as he moved his hands
  • inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese

Synonyms for spell in the sense of this definition

(spell is a kind of ...) (language) communication by word of mouth

"his speech was garbled" "he uttered harsh language" "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"

(... is a kind of spell ) a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect

(... is a kind of spell ) an evil spell

"a witch put a curse on his whole family" "he put the whammy on me"

Definition 2: a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for spell in the sense of this definition

(spell is a kind of ...) (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic

"a manic state"

(... is a kind of spell ) being controlled by passion or the supernatural

(... is a kind of spell ) the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror)

Definition 3: a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else) - [noun denoting time]

Samples where spell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it's my go
  • a spell of work

Synonyms for spell in the sense of this definition

(spell is a kind of ...) the time period during which you are at work

Definition 4: a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition - [noun denoting time]

Samples where spell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for spell in the sense of this definition

(spell is a kind of ...) an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)

"the time of year for planting" "he was a great actor in his time"

(... is a kind of spell ) a spell of cold weather

(... is a kind of spell ) a spell of hot weather

(... is a kind of spell ) a spell of cold weather

"a cold snap in the middle of May"

Definition 5: take turns working - [verb of change]

Samples where spell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the workers spell every four hours

(spell is a kind of ...) do something in turns

"We take turns on the night shift"

Definition 6: orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of - [verb of communication]

Samples where spell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • How do you spell this word?
  • We had to spell out our names for the police officer

Synonyms for spell in the sense of this definition

(spell is a kind of ...) repeat aloud from memory

"she recited a poem" "The pupil recited his lesson for the day"

(... is a kind of spell ) spell incorrectly

Definition 7: indicate or signify - [verb of communication]

Samples where spell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'm afraid this spells trouble!

Synonyms for spell in the sense of this definition

(spell is a kind of ...) mean or intend to express or convey

"You never understand what I mean!" "what do his words intend?"

Definition 8: place under a spell - [verb of communication]

(spell is a kind of ...) cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something

Definition 9: write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word) - [verb of creation]

Samples where spell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He spelled the word wrong in this letter

Synonyms for spell in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of spell ) spell fully and without abbreviating

"Can you spell out your middle name instead of just giving the initial?"

(... is a kind of spell ) divide or connect with a hyphen

"hyphenate these words and names"

Samples where spell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She spelled her husband at the wheel

(spell is a kind of ...) free someone temporarily from his or her obligations

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