Definition of respell in English:



[with object]
  • Spell (a word) again or differently, especially phonetically in order to indicate its pronunciation.

    ‘you are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as ‘Pittsberg’ if you can't cope with correct pronunciation’
    • ‘And the reason is because they were deliberately respelt by scribes in order to "improve" them, and yet the result was a spelling significantly unimproved.’
    • ‘All For You, there are two words in that that can be respelled with only one letter, for and you.’
    • ‘Words are not respelled solely to make the spelling more logical.’
    • ‘This kind of reshaping wouldn't have to result in a respelling, but things are very clear when it does, and when the writer defends the new spelling.’
    • ‘He spent the greater part of his life campaigning to have respelt those words that look as though they are spelt wrongly but aren't.’
    • ‘So, if you want to respell your name, now's your chance.’
    • ‘Now respelled and capitalized, Google is an essential part of online life.’
    • ‘Nineteenth century Nathaniel Hawthorne respelled his family name to preserve its ancient pronunciation; Hathorne became Hawthorne.’
    • ‘You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as ‘Pittsberg’ if you can't cope with correct pronunciation. Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels.’
    • ‘Doesn't the way he respelled this sentence look really messy?’
    • ‘But people may object to respelled names for reasons of documents and sentiment.’
    • ‘Previous spelling reform proposals for English have had a disastrously unsuccessful history, but I only want to respell one word, and only by a capitalization.’
    • ‘Number one in the list is the Cornish hamlet of Cocks, which has resisted attempts by a prudish local authority to respell it Cox.’
    • ‘So, I respelled Steffen's name to sound the way I wanted it to.’
    • ‘Such marks may be used in conjunction with standard spelling, in respelling systems, and with IPA symbols.’