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Definition of throw verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they throw
    he / she / it throws
    past simple threw
    past participle thrown
    -ing form throwing
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    with hand
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to send something from your hand through the air by moving your hand or arm quickly throw (something) Stop throwing rocks at the window! She threw the ball up and caught it again. They had a competition to see who could throw the furthest. throw something to somebody Don't throw it to him, give it to him! throw somebody something Can you throw me that towel?
  2. put carelessly
  3. 2[transitive] throw something + adv./prep. to put something in a particular place quickly and carelessly Just throw your bag down over there.
  4. move with force
  5. 3[transitive] to move something suddenly and with force throw something + adv./prep. The boat was thrown onto the rocks. The sea throws up all kinds of debris on the beach. throw something + adj. I threw open the windows to let the smoke out.
  6. part of body
  7. 4[transitive] throw something/yourself + adv./prep. to move your body or part of it quickly or suddenly He threw back his head and roared with laughter. I ran up and threw my arms around him. Jenny threw herself onto the bed.
  8. make someone fall
  9. 5[transitive] throw somebody to make someone fall quickly or violently to the ground Two riders were thrown (= off their horses) in the second race.
  10. into particular state
  11. 6[transitive, usually passive] throw somebody/something + adv./prep. to make someone or something be in a particular state Hundreds were thrown out of work. We were thrown into confusion by the news. The problem was suddenly thrown into sharp focus.
  12. direct something at someone or something
  13. 7[transitive] throw something on/at somebody/something to direct something at someone or something to throw doubt on the verdict to throw the blame on someone to throw accusations at someone He threw the question back at me (= expected me to answer it myself).
  14. upset
  15. 8[transitive] throw somebody (informal) to make someone feel upset, confused, or surprised The news of her death really threw me.
  16. dice
  17. 9[transitive] throw something to roll a dice or let it fall after shaking it; to obtain a particular number in this way Throw the dice! He threw three sixes in a row.
  18. clay pot
  19. 10[transitive] throw something (technology) to make a clay pot, dish, etc. on a potter's wheel a hand-thrown vase
  20. light/shade
  21. 11[transitive] throw something (+ adv./prep.) to send light or shade onto something The trees threw long shadows across the lawn.
  22. your voice
  23. 12[transitive] throw your voice to make your voice sound as if it is coming from another person or place
  24. a punch
  25. 13[transitive] throw a punch to hit, or try to hit, someone with your fist
  26. switch/handle
  27. 14[transitive] throw something to move a switch, handle, etc. to operate something
  28. bad-tempered behavior
  29. 15[transitive] throw something to have a sudden period of bad-tempered behavior, violent emotion, etc. She'll throw a fit if she finds out. Children often throw tantrums at this age.
  30. a party
  31. 16[transitive] throw a party (informal) to give a party
  32. in sports/competitions
  33. 17[transitive] throw something (informal) to deliberately lose a game or contest that you should have won He was accused of having thrown the game.
  34. Thesaurusthrowtoss hurl fling chuck lob pitchThese words all mean to send something from your hand through the air.throw to send something from your hand or hands through the air:Some kids were throwing rocks at the window. She threw the ball and he caught it.toss to throw something lightly or carelessly:She tossed her jacket onto the bed.hurl to throw something violently in a particular direction:Rioters hurled a brick through the car's windshield.fling to throw something somewhere with a lot of force, especially because you are angry or in a hurry:She flung the letter down onto the table.chuck (informal) to throw something carelessly:I chucked him the keys.lob (informal) to throw something so that it goes high through the air:She lobbed the ball over the net.pitch (in baseball) to throw the ball to the batterPatterns to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck/lob/pitch something at/to somebody/something to throw/toss/fling/chuck something aside/away to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck/lob/pitch a ball to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck rocks/a brick to throw/toss/hurl/fling something angrily to throw/toss something casually/carelessly Phrasal Verbsthrow somethingasidethrow somethingawaythrow something back at somebodythrow somebody back on somethingthrow somethinginthrow something/somebodyoffthrow somethingonthrow somethingopen (to somebody)throw somebodyout (of…)throw somethingoutthrow somebody overthrow somebodytogetherthrow somethingtogetherthrow upthrow somethingupthrow yourself at something/somebodythrow yourself/something into something
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