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spell

verb

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1 to cast a spell on
  • it was as if he had spelled the public into believing his ridiculous claims

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2 to communicate or convey (as an idea) to the mind
  • that summertime combination of hot temperatures and equally hot tempers can spell trouble

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spell

noun

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1 a spoken word or set of words believed to have magic power
  • the witch cast a spell that turned the prince into a toad

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2 a sudden experiencing of a physical or mental disorder
  • a dizzy spell that caused me to fall

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3 an indefinite but usually short period of time
  • come rest a spell

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The first known use of spell was in the 14th century

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“Spell.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/spell. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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