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verb     cast pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecasting
past tensecast
past participlecast
  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. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to swing a fishing rod forwards so that the end of the line falls into the water
  7. 7
    [transitive] to form an object by pouring liquid metal or liquid plastic into a mould

    The Rodin sculptures are cast in bronze.

  8. 8
    [transitive] to make a horoscope in order to say what will happen in the future, by calculating the positions of stars and planets
  9. 9
    [transitive] if a snake casts its skin, it slides out of it
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