spell - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a period of time, usually a short one

    a two-week spell in hospital

    a brief/short spell:

    After a short spell in the army, I went to college.

    1. a.
      a period when there is a particular type of weather
      a hot/cold/wet/dry spell:

      A prolonged wet spell causes trouble for fruit farmers.

  2. 2
    a time when you suddenly feel ill
    fainting/dizzy spell:

    He’s had another of his dizzy spells.

  3. 3
    a powerful influence on someone, usually an influence that makes them admire or obey another person
    fall/be under someone’s spell:

    He was not the first man to fall under her spell.

    cast a spell on someone:

    The beautiful island seemed to have cast a spell on him.

  4. 4
    words or actions that are intended to make magic things happen
    cast/put a spell on:

    The witch cast a spell on him and turned him into a beast.

    break the spell (=end it):

    What did the princess do to break the spell?