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verb     throw pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlethrowing
past tensethrew
past participlethrown
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to use your hand to send an object through the air

    I’ll throw the ball and you try to catch it.

    throw something at someone/something:

    Some kids were throwing stones at the windows.

    throw something to someone:

    Each child throws a ball to their partner.

    throw someone something:

    Can you throw me that rope?

  2. 2
    [transitive] to put something somewhere in a quick careless way

    She hastily threw her books into the cupboard.

    Harry had a red scarf thrown casually around his neck.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to suddenly move your body or a part of your body into a particular position

    She threw herself into his arms.

    1. a.
      to use force to move someone or something

      The door was thrown open.

      He threw his opponent to the ground.

    2. b.
      [usually passive] if a horse throws you, you fall off when it makes a sudden violent movement

      She was thrown from her horse when it jumped sideways.

  4. 4
    [transitive] if someone is thrown into prison or a similar place, they are forced to go there
    throw someone into jail/prison:

    Many protesters have been thrown into jail without trial.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to suddenly aim a look, smile etc in a particular direction

    Marco threw an angry glance at her.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to put someone or something into a bad state

    Exams always threw her into a panic.

    throw something into confusion/chaos/disarray/turmoil:

    A single computer problem can throw the whole office into chaos.

    1. a.
      if something throws you, it makes you surprised or confused because you did not expect it

      The news has completely thrown me.

      throw someone off balance:

      The sudden question threw her off balance.

  7. 7
    [transitive] if you throw something such as questions, ideas, comments etc at someone, you suddenly ask them or mention them

    They stood in the street throwing insults at each other.

  8. 8
    [transitive] if you throw a switch, handle etc, you move it up or down, for example in order to start or stop a machine

    He threw a switch and the lights came on.

  9. 9
    [transitive] informal to deliberately lose a game or competition

    They were offered a bribe to throw the match.

  10. 10
    [transitive] if something throws light or shadows somewhere, it makes light or shadows appear there
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