American English

Definition of cast verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cast
    he / she / it casts
    past simple cast
    -ing form casting
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  1. 1[transitive] cast a/your vote/ballot (for somebody or something) to vote for someone or something
  2. light/a shadow
  3. 2[transitive] cast something (over something) to make light, a shadow, etc. appear in a particular place The setting sun cast an orange glow over the mountains. (figurative) The sad news cast a shadow over the proceedings (= made people feel unhappy).
  4. doubt
  5. 3[transitive] cast doubt/aspersions (on/upon something) to say, do or suggest something that makes people doubt something or think that someone is less honest, good, etc. This latest evidence casts serious doubt on his version of events.
  6. fishing line
  7. 4[intransitive, transitive] cast (something) to throw one end of a fishing line into a river, etc.
  8. actors
  9. 5[transitive] to choose actors to play the different parts in a movie, play, etc.; to choose an actor to play a particular role cast something The play is being cast in both the U.S. and Britain. cast somebody (as somebody) He cast her as an ambitious lawyer in his latest movie.
  10. a look/glance/smile
  11. 6[transitive] cast (somebody) something to look, smile, etc. in a particular direction She cast a welcoming smile in his direction. He groaned, casting his eyes to the ceiling.
  12. describe
  13. 7[transitive] to describe or present someone/yourself in a particular way cast somebody/yourself (as something) He cast himself as the innocent victim of a hate campaign. cast somebody/yourself (in something) The press were quick to cast her in the role of “the other woman.”
  14. shape metal
  15. 8[transitive] cast something (in something) to shape hot liquid metal, etc. by pouring it into a hollow container (called amold) a statue cast in bronze
  16. throw
  17. 9[transitive] cast somebody/something (literary) to throw someone or something somewhere, especially using force The priceless treasures had been cast into the Nile. They cast anchor at nightfall.
  18. skin
  19. 10[transitive] cast something when a snake casts its skin, the skin comes off as part of a natural process synonym shed
  20. shoe
  21. 11[transitive] cast something if a horse casts a shoe, the shoe comes off by accident
  22. Idioms
    cast/set somebody adrift
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    (usually passive) to leave someone to be carried away on a boat that is not being controlled by anyone (figurative) Without language, human beings are cast adrift.
    cast/shed/throw light on something
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    to make a problem, etc. easier to understand Recent research has thrown new light on the causes of the disease.
    cast your mind back (to something)
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    to make yourself think about something that happened in the past I want you to cast your minds back to the first time you met.
    cast your net wide
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    to consider a lot of different people, activities, possibilities, etc. when you are looking for something It's worth casting your net wide when applying for your first job.
    cast a spell (on somebody/something)
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    to use words that are thought to be magic and have the power to change, or influence someone or something
    the die is cast (saying)
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    used to say that an event has happened or a decision has been made that cannot be changed
    draw/cast lots (for something/to do something)
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    to choose someone or something by lot They drew lots for the right to go first.
    run/cast an eye/your eyes over something
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    to look at or examine something quickly Could you just run your eyes over this report?
    Phrasal Verbsbe cast awaybe cast down (by something)cast about/around for somethingcast somebody/somethingasidecast offcast somethingoffcast oncast somebody/somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cast