One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Speak the letters that form a word in sequence.
- ‘I spelled the words out for my dad, but he didn't know what they meant either.’
- ‘She spelt the word out in her head, but sometimes it turned into farther.’
- ‘After we talked about each of the words, we spelled them out loud.’
- ‘I was communicating by spelling things out on a letter board.’
- ‘At this rate, I would be surprised if she started spelling the words out for us.’
- ‘Sarah practically spelled the words out to him and he showed no signs of knowing what the hell she was talking about.’
- 1.1 Explain something in detail.‘I'll spell out the problem again’
explain, make clear, make plain, elucidate, clarifyView synonyms
- ‘Who needs conspiracy theories when things are spelt out as clearly as this?’
- ‘This is the first time many of these steps have been spelled out publicly.’
- ‘The ads urged viewers to visit a website set up especially for the campaign, where the message was spelt out even further.’
- ‘The research questions are spelled out in a very specific way.’
- ‘One area where costs are spelled out in detail is that of executive salary packages.’
- ‘But laser eye surgery has caused controversy because of claims that the risks are not spelt out to consumers.’
- ‘Everyone knew rumours were going around and the company had promised to be honest with us, but the true situation wasn't spelt out in time.’
- ‘It is important that certain facts are spelt out to the public.’
- ‘The details of the agreement will be spelled out in a contract.’
- ‘He said his plans will be spelled out in more detail in the strategy he will present to the EU later this week.’
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