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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
cast /kæst/USA pronunciation
v., cast, cast•ing,n.
[~ + object] to throw or hurl;
fling: to cast dice.
[~ + object] to direct (the eye, etc.):She kept casting glances at me across the room.
[~ + object] to cause to fall; put or send forth: This special lightbulb casts a soft light.
[~ + object] to draw (lots), as in telling fortunes:The soldiers cast lots to see who would draw guard duty.
Sport[~ + object] to throw out (a fishing line, etc.):I was casting my line from the shore when it got tangled with hers.
[~ + object] to shed or drop: The snake cast its skin.
[~ + object] to put or place, esp. by force: The villain was cast into prison.
[~ + object] to deposit or give (a ballot):cast his ballot for president.
[~ + object] to form or arrange; plan out: He cast his speech in more military terms.
- [~ + object] to select actors for (a play, etc.):The directors and producers were casting the part of Hamlet.
[~ + object] to form (an object) by pouring metal, etc., into a mold and letting it harden:The statue was cast from bronze.
cast about or around ,
- to assign a role to (an actor): [~ + object]They cast him in the role of Caesar.[~ + object + as + object]They cast him as Hamlet in their production.
- [~ + about/around + object] to search; look:I cast about the room to find a container.
- [ ~ + for + obj] to seek:always casting around for some way to make more money.
cast away or aside,
- [no object] to devise a plan; scheme:She was casting about to get the boss's attention.
cast back, [~ + object + back] to refer to something past; go back to something past:I cast my mind back to the days of my childhood.
- to reject;
discard: [~ + away/aside + object]They cast aside our objections.[~ + object + away/aside]Don't cast it away.
- [ ~ + off + obj] to discard;
reject:We cast off our doubts and signed the contract.
- to let go or let loose, as a ship from a mooring: [~ + off + object]The sailors cast off the ropes and set sail.[~ + object + off]They cast the ropes off and set sail.
cast out, [~ + out + object] to force to leave; expel;
- [~ + off + object] to complete a knitted fabric by looping over or removing (the final stitches):began to cast off the last row of stitches.
banish:They said he could cast out demons and heal the sick.
the act of throwing.
Sportthe act of throwing a fishing line or net onto the water:My first cast went out about fifteen feet.
Show Business[usually singular] the group of performers in a play, etc.; players:The cast threw a party after the last performance.
- a throw of dice:After each cast, the player may bid or take a card.
Medicinea rigid, hard covering used to protect and hold in place a broken bone:They put my arm in a cast.
- something made by pouring liquid metal, etc., into a mold and letting it harden.
quality: minds of a philosophical cast.
a turning of the eye to the side.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cast /kɑːst/ vb (casts, casting, cast)(mainly tr)
- to throw or expel with violence or force
- to throw off or away: she cast her clothes to the ground
- to reject or dismiss: he cast the idea from his mind
- to shed or drop: the snake cast its skin, the horse cast a shoe, the ship cast anchor
- to cause to appear: to cast a shadow
- to express (doubts, suspicions, etc) or cause (them) to be felt
- to direct (a glance, attention, etc): cast your eye over this
- to place, esp in a violent manner: he was cast into prison
- (also intr) to throw (a line) into the water
- to draw or choose (lots)
- to give or deposit (a vote)
- to select (actors) to play parts in (a play, film, etc)
- to shape (molten metal, glass, etc) by pouring or pressing it into a mould
- to make (an object) by such a process
- (also intr) often followed by up: to compute (figures or a total)
- to draw on (a horoscope) details concerning the positions of the planets in the signs of the zodiac at a particular time for interpretation in terms of human characteristics, behaviour,
- to contrive (esp in the phrase cast a spell)
- to formulate: he cast his work in the form of a chart
- (also intr) to twist or cause to twist
- (intransitive) (of birds of prey) to eject from the crop and bill a pellet consisting of the indigestible parts of birds or animals previously eaten
- to stereotype or electrotype
See also cast about
- the act of casting or throwing
Also called: casting something that is shed, dropped, or egested, such as the coil of earth left by an earthworm
- another name for pellet
- the distance an object is or may be thrown
- a throw at dice
- the resulting number shown
- the act or an instance of casting
- the wide sweep made by a sheepdog to get behind a flock of sheep or by a hunting dog in search of a scent
- the actors in a play collectively
- (as modifier): a cast list
- an object made of metal, glass, etc, that has been shaped in a molten state by being poured or pressed into a mould
- the mould used to shape such an object
- form or appearance
- sort, kind, or style
- a fixed twist or defect, esp in the eye
- a distortion of shape
- a rigid encircling casing, often made of plaster of Paris, for immobilizing broken bones while they heal
- a slight tinge or trace, as of colour
- fortune or a stroke of fate
, castawayEtymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse kasta