Cast - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kæst|  American pronunciation of the word cast
Brit.  |kɑːst|  British pronunciation of the word cast
irregular verb:  p.t. — cast  p.p. — cast


- the actors in a play
- container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens (syn: mold, mould)
- the distinctive form in which a thing is made (syn: mold, mould, stamp)
pottery of this cast was found throughout the region
- the visual appearance of something or someone (syn: form, shape)
the delicate cast of his features
- bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal
- object formed by a mold (syn: casting)
- the act of throwing dice (syn: roll)
- the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel (syn: casting)
- a violent throw (syn: hurl)


- put or send forth (syn: contrive, project, throw)
cast a spell
cast a warm light
- deposit
cast a vote
cast a ballot
- select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet
He cast a young woman in the role of Desdemona
- throw forcefully (syn: hurl, hurtle)
- assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors
Who cast this beautiful movie?
- move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment (syn: drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander)
- form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold (syn: mold, mould)
cast a bronze sculpture
- get rid of (syn: cast off, drop, shake off, shed, throw, throw away, throw off)
- choose at random (syn: draw)
cast lots
- formulate in a particular style or language (syn: couch, frame, put, redact)
She cast her request in very polite language
- eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth (syn: barf, cat, chuck, disgorge, honk, puke, purge, regorge, regurgitate, retch, sick, spew, spue, throw up, upchuck, vomit)

Extra examples

Seaweed was cast up by the waves.

The tree cast a long shadow on the lawn.

How many votes were cast?

She has a cast on her arm.

They made a mask from a wax cast of her face.

Pieces of wood are cast up all along this coast.

A body was cast up last night.

The girl cast her eyes down modestly.

He shrugged his shoulders, shook his head, cast up his eyes, but said nothing.

The snake cast off its old skin.

He cast up his accounts.

Don't cast off the boat till everyone is on board.

It was the last cast of the dice for the old party of the aristocracy.

His countenance assumed a deeper cast of dejection.

The flames cast dancing shadows on the walls.

Phrasal verbs

cast about  — search anxiously
cast away  — throw or cast away
cast down  — lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
cast off  — get rid of
cast on  — make the first row of stitches when knitting
cast out  — expel from a community or group

Word forms

I/you/we/they: cast
he/she/it: casts
present participle: casting
past tense: cast
past participle: cast
singular: cast
plural: casts
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