Throw - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |θrəʊ|  American pronunciation of the word throw
Brit.  |θrəʊ|  British pronunciation of the word throw
irregular verb:  p.t. — threw  p.p. — thrown


- the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
the catcher made a good throw to second base
- a single chance or instance
he couldn't afford $50 a throw
- the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam (syn: stroke)
- bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something
- casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly
he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice


- propel through the air
throw a frisbee
- move violently, energetically, or carelessly
- get rid of (syn: cast, cast off, drop, shake off, shed, throw away, throw off)
- place or put with great energy (syn: thrust)
- convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture (syn: give)
- cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation (syn: flip, switch)
throw the lever
- put or send forth (syn: cast, contrive, project)
- to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly
throw the car into reverse
- cause to be confused emotionally (syn: bemuse, bewilder)
- utter with force; utter vehemently (syn: hurl)
throw accusations at someone
- organize or be responsible for (syn: give, have, hold, make)
have, throw, or make a party
- make on a potter's wheel
- cause to fall off
- throw (a die) out onto a flat surface
- be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly (syn: bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, fox, fuddle)

Extra examples

She threw the ball to first base.

We threw our hats in the air at the end of the ceremony.

Let's see how far you can throw.

You throw like a wimp.

She threw her coat on the bed.

Don't throw your trash on the ground. Throw it in the trash can.

The wrestler threw his opponent to the mat.

The crash threw the driver from the car.

She was thrown from the horse.

The storm threw the boat against a reef.

The quarterback made a perfect throw.

He lost all his winnings on his last throw.

It's a long throw from center field to home plate.

They were badly thrown about in the bus.

Don't throw the ball to me, throw it to the man over there.

Phrasal verbs

throw away  — throw or cast away
throw back  — throw back with a quick, light motion
throw in  — add as an extra or as a gratuity
throw off  — get rid of
throw out  — force to leave or move out
throw up  — eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

Word forms

I/you/we/they: throw
he/she/it: throws
present participle: throwing
past tense: threw
past participle: thrown
singular: throw
plural: throws
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