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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishspellspell1 /spel/ ●●● S2 verb (past tense and past participle spelt /spelt/ especially British English or spelled especially American English)  1 [intransitive, transitive]SLWRITE to form a word by writing or naming the letters in order How do you spell ‘juice’? Pupils should know how to spell commonly used words.spell something wrong/wrongly You’ve spelled my name wrong.2 [transitive]WRITE if letters spell a word, they form it B-O-O-K spells ‘book’. 'Love' is spelled L-O-V-E.3 spell trouble/disaster/danger etc4 [transitive] American EnglishWORK/DO WORKINSTEAD to do someone else’s work for them for a short period so that they can rest I can spell you if you get tired. spell something ↔ out→ See Verb table
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spell"B-O-O-K" spells "book."He always spells his name for secretaries.Gray also published a book by the same title in which he managed to spell Jon Swain's name incorrectly.The scale of the catastrophe was spelled out by one speaker after another.This argument is spelled out in detail in Chapter 19.These can be spelled out pretty easily on a resume, but the new qualifications can not.Some deaf children are, however, very proficient at sign language and they can also spell out words using finger spelling.And your last name is Aitchson? Could your spell that out for me please?No one thinks this could spell the closure of the firm, but things could be better.Out-of-town retail developments often spell the death of independent high street shops.These new rules spell the end of jobs as we have known them.That spells trouble for the individual, the team, and, perhaps most important, the client.I've never been able to spell very well in English.In American English, 'organize' is always spelled with a 'z'."How do you spell your name?" "S-M-I-T-H."How do you spell your surname?