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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Team effort spells success for Gilas !-- -- Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) - February 25, 2019 - 2:46pm ASTANA ndash Gilas coach Yeng Guiao said total team effort -- not just from the team but from the people behind it ndash spelled success in the country's second straight FIBA World Cup entry.
No matter what the impact of Russia's endeavors may be, the mere announcement of intent spells success for the Assad regime -- it may not be a military achievement, but it is, at least, a political and diplomatic one to the Syrian leader.
While this spells success for the Cupertino-based giant, it threatens other competitors like Samsung.
? IT SPELLS success for two Wirral schools - St Anselm's College in Birkenhead, and Upton Hall School.
The format, according to Horowitz, spells success for all of the agents.
Dr Sharab added: "Alignment of the human resources with the companies' goals, vision, and mission spells success for organizations.
This is a combination that spells success for the future, and I want to be part of getting us there,'" according to the e-mail.
It's a role he relishes - in fact, just being in the team spells success for Bonner, who says: "There are so many good players at this club now that getting into the side is a real battle.
Gaining control of distribution spells success for spice firm
"Arvida is an agent-driven company and understands that each agent's individual success spells success for the company," said Field.
Total team effort spells success for Gilas ndash Yeng Guiao !-- -- Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) - February 26, 2019 - 12:00am ASTANA ndash Gilas coach Yeng Guiao said total team effort ndash not just from the team but from the people behind it ndash spelled success in the country's second straight FIBA World Cup entry.
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