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1. To tell; to relate; to teach. Might I that legend find, By fairies spelt in mystic rhymes. (T. Warton)

2. To put under the influence of a spell; to affect by a spell; to bewitch; to fascinate; to charm. Spelled with words of power. He was much spelled with Eleanor talbot. (Sir G. Buck)

3. To constitute; to measure. The saxon heptarchy, when seven kings put together did spell but one in effect. (Fuller)

4. To tell or name in their proper order letters of, as a word; to write or print in order the letters of, especially. The proper letters; to form, as words, by correct orthography. The word satire ought to be spelled with i, and not with y. (Dryden)

5. To discover by characters or marks; to read with difficulty; usually with out; as, to spell out the sense of an author; to spell out a verse in the bible. To spell out a god in the works of creation. (south) To sit spelling and observing divine justice upon every accident. (milton)

Origin: OE. Spellen, spellien, tell, relate, AS. Spellian, fr. Spell a saying, tale; akin to MHG. Spellen to relate, Goth. Spilln.e Spell a tale. In sense 4 and those following, OE. Spellen, perhaps originally a different word, and from or influenced by spell a splinter, from the use of a piece of wood to point to the letters in schools: cf. D. Spellen to spell. Cf. Spell splinter.

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what do you think? That was a helpful post, and your a moderator? Yes and I can spell too. You have a problem with our homework policy? And something useful to say before you get banned?

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