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Spell, vb. 1) to read by telling letters singly: “she would s. him backward,” Ado III, 1, 61 (turn the wrong side out, misconstrue his qualities). “a, b, spelt backward,” LLL V, 1, 50. “thy love did read by rote and could not s.” Rom. II, 3, 88 (you knew only some phrases of love, but not its true nature).
2) to charm: “with --ing charms,” H6A V, 3, 31 (in v. 2 charming spells).
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