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verb cast pronunciation in British English /kɑːst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecasting
past tensecast
past participlecast
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to choose a performer for a particular part or for a particular type of part in a film, play etc
    Ralph Fiennes was cast in the lead role of King Richard.
    cast someone as something: She was tired of always being cast as a sex symbol.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to describe someone or something as belonging to a particular type
    cast someone as something: From his earliest days on the team he was cast as a troublemaker.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to look at someone or something in a particular way
    cast a look/glance: She cast an impatient look at Mitch and stormed out of the room.
    cast an eye over/cast your eyes over: Harry cast his eyes over the bewildering array of instruments on the control panel.
  4. 4
    [transitive] mainly literary to make light or a shadow appear in a particular place
  5. 5
    [transitive] literary to throw someone or something somewhere
  6. 7
    [transitive] to form an object by pouring liquid metal or liquid plastic into a mould
    The Rodin sculptures are cast in bronze.
  7. 9
    [transitive] if a snake casts its skin, it slides out of it
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