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verb throw pronunciation in American English /θroʊ/
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I/you/we/theythrow
he/she/itthrows
present participlethrowing
past tensethrew
past participlethrown
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  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 a bag.
    Harry had a red scarf thrown casually around his neck.
  3. 3
    [transitive] [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.
    1. a.
      to use force to move someone or something
      He threw his opponent to the ground.
      The door was thrown open.
    2. b.
      to suddenly move your body or a part of your body into a particular position
      Suddenly throwing back his head, he started laughing.
      She threw herself into his arms.
  4. 4
    [transitive] if someone is thrown into prison or a similar place, they are forced to go there
    throw someone in/into jail/prison: Many protesters have been thrown in 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] informal to deliberately lose a game or competition
    He was offered a bribe to throw the match.
  7. 8
    [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.
  8. 9
    [transitive] if you throw something such as questions, ideas, comments, etc. at someone, you suddenly ask them or mention them
    Reporters were throwing personal questions at her.
    They stood in the street throwing insults at each other.

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