A psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation.
Roget 601: involuntariness; instinct, blind impulse; inborn proclivity, innate proclivity; native tendency, natural tendency; natural impulse, predetermination. necessity, necessitation; obligation; compulsion etc. ... show more
Dutch: ban, betovering, toverspreuk, trance
A time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else):
— A spell of work.
Dutch: koebel, toer, tour
A period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition:
— A spell of good weather.
Dutch: een hele tijd, momentje, periode, poos, poosje, tijdje, wijl
A verbal formula believed to have magical force:
— He whispered a spell as he moved his hands.
Dutch: betovering, toverformule, toverspreuk
Orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of:
— How do you spell this word?.
— We had to spell out our names for the police officer.
synonym: spell out.
Roget 539: learn; acquire knowledge, gain knowledge, receive knowledge, take in knowledge, drink in knowledge, imbibe knowledge, pick up knowledge, gather knowledge, get knowledge, obtain knowledge, collect knowledge, glean knowledge, glean information, ... show more
Indicate or signify:
— I'm afraid this spells trouble!.
Write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word):
— He spelled the word wrong in this letter.
Dutch: neerpennen, pennen, schrijven, spellen
Relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn.
Place under a spell.
Take turns working.
Moby thesaurus: Jonah, access, act for, add up to, alchemy, allure, alternate, amount to, appeal, argue, arsis, attraction, augur, bad influence, be construed as, beat, becharm, beguile, bespeak, betoken ... show more.
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