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



    BrE BrE//kɑːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæst//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cast
    BrE BrE//kɑːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæst//
    he / she / it casts
    BrE BrE//kɑːsts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæsts//
    past simple cast
    BrE BrE//kɑːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæst//
    past participle cast
    BrE BrE//kɑːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæst//
    -ing form casting
    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːstɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæstɪŋ//
    Making films
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    a look/glance/smile
  1. 1[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.
  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 somebody 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. throw
  9. 5[transitive] cast somebody/something (literary) to throw somebody/something somewhere, especially using force The priceless treasures had been cast into the Nile. They cast anchor at nightfall.
  10. skin
  11. 6[transitive] cast something when a snake casts its skin, the skin comes off as part of a natural process synonym shed
  12. shoe
  13. 7[transitive] cast something if a horse casts a shoe, the shoe comes off by accident
  14. actors
  15. 8[transitive] to choose actors to play the different parts in a film/movie, play, etc.; to choose an actor to play a particular role cast something The play is being cast in both the US and Britain. cast somebody (as somebody) He has cast her as an ambitious lawyer in his latest movie. See related entries: Making films
  16. describe
  17. 9[transitive] to describe or present somebody/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’.
  18. vote
  19. 10[transitive] cast a/your vote/ballot (for somebody/something) to vote for somebody/something
  20. shape metal
  21. 11[transitive] cast something (in something) to shape hot liquid metal, etc. by pouring it into a hollow container (called a mould ) a statue cast in bronze (figurative) an artist cast in the mould of (= very similar to) Miró
  22. Word Originverb senses 1 to 7 and verb senses 10 to 11 Middle English: from Old Norse kasta ‘to cast or throw’. verb senses 8 to 9 mid 17th cent.: a special use of the original meaning of cast,in sense (11) of the verb.Idioms
    cast/set somebody adrift
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    [usually passive] to leave somebody to be carried away on a boat that is not being controlled by anyone (figurative) Without language human beings are cast adrift.
    cast/run 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?
    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.
    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 somebody/something
    (saying) 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 somebody/something by lot They drew lots for the right to go first.
    throw/cast caution to the wind(s)
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    to stop caring about how dangerous something might be; to start taking risks He threw caution to the wind and dived into the water after the child.
    Phrasal Verbsbe cast awaybe cast down (by something)cast about for somethingcast aside somebodycast offcast somethingoffcast oncast out somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cast