spell (something) for (someone or something)

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spell (something) for (someone or something)

1. Literally, to write or recite the letters in a word or name to help someone learn or understand it. I usually have to spell my name out for people because it's so unusual. I'm not sure I've heard that term before. Could you spell it for me?
2. To indicate, contribute to, or display signs of some outcome or status for a person, group, organization, country, etc. The sudden shortage of precious metals necessary to manufacture the computer chips spelled disaster for the fledgling tech company. The government is hoping that a massive reinvestment in the city's infrastructure will spell success for its economy.
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spell something for someone

to spell a word or name for someone's benefit. I don't recognize that word. Would you please spell it for me? It is a difficult name. I will have to spell it for you.
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While many people think being 2017 Binibining Pilipinas International is enough to spell success for Mariel de Leon's entry into show business, she actually sees it from a skewed point of view.
Location will spell success for this upscale market.
We will continue to maintain strong focus on our delivery and set new standards for district cooling in the country which will not only spell success for us, but the country as a whole."
These contracts will further support our commitment to increase environmental efficiency.We will continue to maintain strong focus on our delivery and set new standards for district cooling in the country which will not only spell success for us, but the country as a whole,"added H.E.
No Sandstone back, no invitation system, and base storage of 32GB may spell success for the OnePlus 3
Crunching the numbers back to 1965 reveals the average age of the best actor winner was 45, which could spell success for American Sniper star Bradley Cooper who at 40 is the closest in age.
“And with the rate that technology is advancing, keeping pace can literally spell success for students.
All of those ingredients spell success for this development."
Success of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix will spell success for the kingdom and its people, he said.
I guess it's important too to spell success for an event.
Taking the course has helped spell success for Barry Orr, manager of the company's betting office at Newcastle Airport.
NEW Wales rugby league coach Iestyn Harris believes the Celtic Crusaders' youth policy can spell success for the national team.
Cutting-edge ingredients, innovative packaging and everyday-low pricing on programs that are supported with television, radio, Internet and magazine advertising spell success for Garcoa, he adds.
Other manufacturers also see progress in the department stores that they hope will spell success for their brands down the road.
But when they play together they form a fantastic triumvirate which will almost certainly spell success for their new club.