transitive verbspelled, spelt
1(write) escribir(orally) deletrearhow do you spell Kazakhstan? — ¿cómo se escribe Kazajstán?
- could you spell it for me? — ¿me lo deletrea?
- spell 'ridiculous' — deletrea la palabra 'ridiculous'
- The address was spelled out in newspaper letters.
- See how many words you can spell with these letters in one minute.
- Note that they even spelt the company name wrong in the body of the email!
- You throw me a thirty-letter word and I can spell it with just about as much ease as a ten-letter word or a five-letter word.
- For example, in learning to spell and recognize words, a student may be asked to see, say, write, and spell each new word.
- The first twenty pages of my first book are filled with nothing but hundreds of attempts to learn to write and spell my name.
- In her opinion, it was even money on whether or not he could correctly spell his own name.
- Did you make sure you spelt my name correctly?
- I actually learned how to spell his name before mine.
- I had been in such a hurry to get out of that office I probably hadn't even spelt half the words right.
- I'm Canadian so some of the words will be spelled the Canadian way.
- It would have been useful if you had spelled the name of the artist I wrote about correctly.
- Several immigrants didn't know how to write or spell their own names, so immigration inspectors created one for them.
- There is, for example, scarcely a Welsh name which is correctly spelt.
- It was funny how some couldn't spell the simplest word or even make a complete sentence!
- The pen can sense when you spell a word wrong and it gives you suggestions on the screen.
- She is teaching him to spell the word ‘quarantine’ letter by letter.
- Lee probably couldn't even spell the word subterfuge let alone actually use it as a method of gleaning accurate information.
- The present study investigated how children spell words that contain silent consonants as their final letter.
- I don't care if you hate writing and have a hard time spelling your name.
2(mean) significar(foretell) anunciar(foretell) augurarthis measure could spell the end of the organization — esta medida podría significar el fin de la organización
- rising inflation spells trouble for the government — la creciente inflación anuncia / augura problemas para el gobierno
- it spelled disaster for the project — resultó nefasto / desastroso para el proyecto
- Now she had concocted a plan that would spell doom for Shirley, her revenge for taking her man and insulting her pride.
- Slow economic times don't have to spell disaster for your business.
- In effect, the very characteristics that make it prosper at one time may spell its downfall at a later time.
- Failure to resolve this last issue quickly and effectively would have spelled disaster for the plan.
- Despite good results in lesser matches, that World Cup defeat spelt the end of Thorne's captaincy.
- Schemes such as interlinking of rivers could spell disaster for the environment, as they represent gross interference with natural processes, he says.
- Such an event would spell disaster for the remainder of their journey.
- The event could have spelled disaster for the little grocery store.
- This gross over-development for such a small, unique city spells disaster.
- The variable that promised to spell disaster for Iowa farmers was the high seed costs associated with GM crops.
- When things don't go as planned, debt can spell trouble.
- And if he has to hike our taxes in the middle of a consumer downturn, it could spell disaster.
- Introducing a new leading character can spell disaster or triumph for an author.
- And that could really spell disaster when property taxes are also going up.
- Conservation experts say it spells disaster for cod stocks as talks continued last night.
- Publicity surrounding the case spelled disaster for the Queensland dive industry.
- But Harris is confident the newer company artists will spell success for the galleries who sign on.
- This spells disaster for aquatic life unable to adjust to the altered conditions.
- That can spell disaster for an individual's health.
- For everyone else, however, it spells disaster.
intransitive verbspelled, spelt
1he can't spell — tiene mala ortografía
also magic spell
1encanto masculinehechizo masculineencantamiento masculineevil spell — maleficio masculine
- to cast a spell over / to put a spell on sth/sb — hechizar / embrujar algo/a algn
- to break the spell — romper el encanto / el hechizo
- she was under the spell of the witch — estaba bajo el hechizo de la bruja
- I glared at the woman, who shut up pretty quickly, then placed my hands on either side of the small circle, muttering the words of a spell.
- Papers were scattered everywhere, and he muttered the words to a small spell and they quickly floated into a neat stack in the center or the desktop.
- She uttered a few words of a spell, and, with a small flash, disappeared.
- She then said the final words to her spell and pointed to Tona.
- Whispering the last word of the spell, he tapped the picture.
- She ducked under another sword as she spoke the words of a spell.
- It wasn't quite the same as when a sorcerer used high level spells, but the words were still unintelligible.
- Sarah had asked the shopkeeper, and been dismayed to learn that although she knew some basic spells, that woman who tended the herb shop wasn't really a Spellcaster.
- She finally shouted out the final word of her spell, and it was gone.
- It sounded nasty, but I didn't know if it was a spell or a swear word.
- Kyri was mumbling the words to a spell which she finished by laying her hand on Aikel's arm.
- She began to chant the words for the earthquake spell.
- Taukat showed his agreement by muttering the words of a spell and conjuring a cloud of acid rain over the unsuspecting targets.
- Immediately, the High Cleric began chanting a spell, her words echoed throughout the room in each syllable.
- But how could one concentrate on words for creating spells when another mutter curses on you?
- We will be accumulating success in word spells and practicing the pronunciation of the difficult language Char.
- Any spell you could ever want to find is in this book.
- Yet, she struggled to remember the word to the spell.
- All they talk about are spells and famous mages.
- I suspect that he was the one to teach you fire spells.
1(of weather)período masculinea spell of wet weather — un período de lluvia(s)
- we had a very cold spell last month — el mes pasado tuvimos unos días / una racha / un período de mucho frío
- They merely took advantage of it for short spells while unable to obtain other work.
- He said that judges should encourage community sentences in place of short spells in prison.
- Her husband was arrested and spent only a short spell in prison.
- His early career was interrupted by various short spells in prison for violent behaviour.
- The execution of his brother, his long spells in emigration, and the failure of the old-type revolutionaries all contributed to this difference.
- He took a draught of his beer and thought for a short spell.
- The Danish prison system allows those serving short sentences to be released for short spells.
- Apart from a short spell in the opening half, Ireland never looked like scoring a try, where as the English crossed the Irish line five times.
- There is no point in condemning victims of drugs and crime to short spells in prison, only to have them come out in the same predicament as before.
- A short spell for Parnells in Dublin was the only break between 1973 and 1996.
- However, he was married for a short spell while he was living in County Kerry.
- During my short spell in this job I have come across plenty of it.
- After a short spell in what is now the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he joined the BBC in 1941, staying till he retired in 1975.
- Too many clubs have been put on hold for long periods and then asked to play a number of games within a short spell.
- I did have a few games on the wing there but only for short spells.
- Paul took up the post of County Accountant in the mid-Seventies, leaving for a short spell, only to return to take up the post of Finance Officer.
- After a short spell on a high dose you should start to feel better - but you might have to continue taking a low maintenance dose for several months or even longer.
- He also played factory leagues in Clare and Limerick while working in those counties for a short spell.
- Their split when she was just 19 left her with nervous exhaustion and prompted a short spell in a psychiatric ward.
- It doesn't happen very much and usually only lasts for a short spell.
2(period of time)período masculinetemporada femininewe've had a very busy spell in the office — hemos tenido un período / una temporada de mucho trabajo en la oficina
- after a short spell in journalism — tras trabajar una breve temporada como periodista
- I was going through a bad spell — estaba pasando por una mala racha
- come and sit down for a spell — ven y siéntate un rato
- I'll take a spell at the wheel now — ahora voy a manejar yo un rato
3Medicinedizzy spell — mareo masculine
- coughing spell — acceso de tos