HyperDic: spell_out

English > 3 senses of the expression spell out:
VERBcommunicationspell outmake explicit
creationspell outspell fully and without abbreviating
communicationspell out, spellorally recite the letters of or give the spelling of
English > spell out: 3 senses > verb 1, communication
Meaningmake explicit; specify in detail.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Example"You should spell out your demands"
Broaderspecify, particularize, particularise, specialize, specialiseBe specific about
English > spell out: 3 senses > verb 2, creation
MeaningSpell fully and without abbreviating.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"Can you spell out your middle name instead of just giving the initial?"
Broaderspell, writeWrite or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)
English > spell out: 3 senses > verb 3, communication
MeaningOrally recite the letters of or give the spelling of.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"How do you spell this word?""We had to spell out our names for the police officer"
NarrowermisspellSpell incorrectly
Broaderreciterepeat aloud from memory

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