Definition of star verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    star

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//stɑː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they star
    BrE BrE//stɑː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːr//
     
    he / she / it stars
    BrE BrE//stɑːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːrz//
     
    past simple starred
    BrE BrE//stɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːrd//
     
    past participle starred
    BrE BrE//stɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːrd//
     
    -ing form starring
    BrE BrE//ˈstɑːrɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɑːrɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] star (with/opposite somebody) (in something) to have one of the main parts in a film/movie, play, etc. She starred opposite Cary Grant in ‘Bringing up Baby’. No one has yet been chosen for the starring role (= the main part). CollocationsCinema/​the moviesWatching go to/​take somebody to (see) a film/​movie go to/​sit in (British English) the cinema/(North American English) the (movie) theater rent a film/​movie/​DVD download/​stream a film/​movie burn/​copy/​rip a DVD see/​watch a film/​movie/​DVD/​preview/​trailerShowing show/​screen a film/​movie promote/​distribute/​review a film/​movie (British English) be on at the cinema be released on/​come out on/​be out on DVD captivate/​delight/​grip/​thrill the audience do well/​badly at the box office get a lot of/​live up to the hypeFilm-making write/​co-write a film/​movie/​script/​screenplay direct/​produce/​make/​shoot/​edit a film/​movie/​sequel make a romantic comedy/​a thriller/​an action movie do/​work on a sequel/​remake film/​shoot the opening scene/​an action sequence/​footage (of something) compose/​create/​do/​write the soundtrack cut/​edit (out) a scene/​sequenceActing have/​get/​do an audition get/​have/​play a leading/​starring/​supporting role play a character/​James Bond/​the bad guy act in/​appear in/​star in a film/​movie/​remake do/​perform/​attempt a stunt work in/​make it big in Hollywood forge/​carve/​make/​pursue a career in HollywoodDescribing films the camera pulls back/​pans over something/​zooms in (on something) the camera focuses on something/​lingers on something shoot somebody/​show somebody in extreme close-up use odd/​unusual camera angles be filmed/​shot on location/​in a studio be set/​take place in London/​in the ’60s have a happy ending/​plot twist
  2. 2  [transitive, no passive] star somebody if a film/movie, play, etc. stars somebody, that person has one of the main parts a movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan The studio wants to star her in a sequel to last year's hit. see also co-star
  3. mark with symbol
  4. 3[transitive, usually passive] star something to put a symbol shaped like a star (= an asterisk) next to a word, etc. in order to make people notice it Treat all the sections that have been starred as priority. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  5. Word Origin Old English steorra, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ster, German Stern, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin stella and Greek astēr.Extra examples No one has yet been chosen for the starring role. She starred opposite Johnny Depp in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. The movie stars Aishwarya Rai. The studio wants to star him in a sequel to last year’s hit.
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