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spell out

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spell outverb

    make explicit; specify in detail

    "You should spell out your demands"

  2. spell outverb

    spell fully and without abbreviating

    "Can you spell out your middle name instead of just giving the initial?"

  3. spell, spell outverb

    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"


  1. spell outverb

    To form (a word) from its component letters.

  2. spell outverb

    To explain in a simple and understandable manner.


  1. spell out

    To spell out means to explain or describe something in a very clear, detailed, and unambiguous manner; often including each individual aspect or step. It may also refer to the act of stating each letter of a word separately to clarify its proper spelling.

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  1. outspell

  2. pollutes

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spell out in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spell out in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of spell out in a Sentence

  1. Guillaume Debré:

    They are markings on sacred stones, that spell out hate and in this country, we understand what that means and what it can lead to, to my daughters it's just a peaceful area where their family comes from. It's difficult for them to understand that their family, that their grave has become a target of hate.

  2. Stanley Kubrick:

    You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film—and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level—but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the point.

  3. Eric Hoffer:

    To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.

  4. Peter Szijjarto:

    It is legitimate from an EU member state to spell out reform proposals, one of the most important merits of the EU is that it has very serious achievements, a part of which are related to a high level of freedom in the movement of labor.

  5. Emmanuel Macron:

    Look where we are on welfare. We plow a chunk of cash into subsistence benefits, and people are still poor. There's no way out. People who are born poor stay poor, i'll spell out where we're at, that we're piling too much dough into a welfare system that's focused on corrective treatment.


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