cast [cast casts casting] verb, noun BrE [kɑːst]
NAmE [kæst]
verb (cast, cast) A LOOK/GLANCE/SMILE
1. transitive ~ (sb) sth to look, smile, etc. in a particular direction
She cast a welcoming smile in his direction.
He groaned, casting his eyes to the ceiling.  
2. transitive ~ sth (over sth) to make light, a shadow, etc. appear in a particular place
The setting sun cast an orange glow over the mountains.
(figurative) The sad news cast a shadow over the proceedings (= made people feel unhappy).  
3. transitive ~ doubt/aspersions (on/upon sth) to say, do or suggest sth that makes people doubt sth or think that sb is less honest, good, etc
This latest evidence casts serious doubt on his version of events.  
4. intransitive, transitive ~ (sth) to throw one end of a fishing line into a river, etc.  
5. transitive ~ sb/sth (literary) to throw sb/sth somewhere, especially using force
The priceless treasures had been cast into the Nile.
They cast anchor at nightfall.  
6. transitive ~ sth when a snake casts its skin, the skin comes off as part of a natural process
Syn: shed  
7. transitive ~ sth if a horse casts a shoe, the shoe comes off by accident  
8. transitive to choose actors to play the different parts in a film/movie, play, etc; to choose an actor to play a particular role
~ sth The play is being cast in both the US and Britain.
~ sb (as sb) He has cast her as an ambitious lawyer in his latest movie.  
9. transitive to describe or present sb/yourself in a particular way
~ sb/yourself (as sth) He cast himself as the innocent victim of a hate campaign.
~ sb/yourself (in sth) The press were quick to cast her in the role of ‘the other woman’.  
10. transitive ~ a/your vote/ballot (for sb/sth) to vote for sb/sth  
11. transitive ~ sth (in sth) to shape hot liquid metal, etc. by pouring it into a hollow container (called a mould)
a statue cast in bronze
(figurative) an artist cast in the mould of (= very similar to) Miró
more at cast/set sb adrift at adrift, throw/cast caution to the wind(s) at caution n., the die is cast at die n., cast/run an eye/your eyes over sth at eye n., cast/shed/throw light on sth at light n., draw/cast lots at lot n.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
v. senses 1 to 7 and v. senses 10 to 11 n. senses 2 to 6 Middle English Old Norse kasta ‘to cast or throw’
v. senses 8 to 9 and n. sense 1 mid 17th cent.
Idioms: cast a spell cast your mind back cast your net wide
Derived: cast about for something cast away cast down cast off cast on cast somebody aside cast somebody out cast something off cast something on
noun  ACTORS
1. countable + singular or plural verb all the people who act in a play or film/movie
The whole cast performs/perform brilliantly.
members of the cast
an all-star cast (= including many well-known actors)
the supporting cast (= not the main actors, but the others)
a cast list  
2. countable an object that is made by pouring hot liquid metal, etc. into a mould (= a specially shaped container)
3. countable a shaped container used to make an object
Syn: mould  
4. singular (BrE, formal) the way that a person or thing is or appears
He has an unusual cast of mind.
I disliked the arrogant cast to her mouth.  
5. countable an act of throwing sth, especially a fishing line  
6. countable = plaster cast
Her leg's in a cast.
see also opencast
Word Origin:
v. senses 1 to 7 and v. senses 10 to 11 n. senses 2 to 6 Middle English Old Norse kasta ‘to cast or throw’
v. senses 8 to 9 and n. sense 1 mid 17th cent.
Example Bank:
The play has a large cast of characters.
Who is in the cast?
The colours he wore emphasized the olive cast of his skin.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. the actors in a play
Syn: cast of characters, dramatis personae
2. container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
Syn: mold, mould
3. the distinctive form in which a thing is made
- pottery of this cast was found throughout the region
Syn: mold, mould, stamp
4. the visual appearance of something or someone
- the delicate cast of his features
Syn: form, shape
5. bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal
Syn: plaster cast, plaster bandage
6. object formed by a mold
Syn: casting
7. the act of throwing dice
Syn: roll
8. the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel
Syn: casting
9. a violent throw
Syn: hurl
1. put or send forth
- She threw the flashlight beam into the corner
- The setting sun threw long shadows
- cast a spell
- cast a warm light
Syn: project, contrive, throw
2. deposit
- cast a vote
- cast a ballot
3. 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
4. throw forcefully
Syn: hurl, hurtle
- They cast the object in the water
5. assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors
- Who cast this beautiful movie?
10. formulate in a particular style or language
- I wouldn't put it that way
- She cast her request in very polite language
Syn: frame, redact, put, couch
11. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
- After drinking too much, the students vomited
- He purged continuously
- The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night
Ant: keep down (for: vomit)
(for: throw up)
(for: regurgitate)
(for: retch)
(for: vomit up)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. t.1.To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to impel.
[imp. & p. p. Cast; p. pr. & vb. n. Casting.]
Uzziah prepared . . . slings to cast stones.
Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
We must be cast upon a certain island.
2.To direct or turn, as the eyes.
How earnestly he cast his eyes upon me!
3.To drop; to deposit; as, to cast a ballot.
4.To throw down, as in wrestling.
5.To throw up, as a mound, or rampart.
Thine enemies shall cast a trench [bank] about thee.
6.To throw off; to eject; to shed; to lose.
His filth within being cast.
Neither shall your vine cast her fruit.
The creatures that cast the skin are the snake, the viper, etc.
7.To bring forth prematurely; to slink.
Thy she-goats have not cast their young.
8.To throw out or emit; to exhale.
This . . . casts a sulphureous smell.
9.To cause to fall; to shed; to reflect; to throw; as, to cast a ray upon a screen; to cast light upon a subject.
10.To impose; to bestow; to rest.
The government I cast upon my brother.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord.
11.To dismiss; to discard; to cashier.
The state can not with safety cast him.
12.To compute; to reckon; to calculate; as, to cast a horoscope.
You cast the event of war, my noble lord.
13.To contrive; to plan.
The cloister . . . had, I doubt not, been cast for [an orange-house].
14.To defeat in a lawsuit; to decide against; to convict; as, to be cast in damages.
She was cast to be hanged.
Were the case referred to any competent judge, they would inevitably be cast.
15.To turn (the balance or scale); to overbalance; hence, to make preponderate; to decide; as, a casting voice.
How much interest casts the balance in cases dubious!
16.To form into a particular shape, by pouring liquid metal or other material into a mold; to fashion; to found; as, to cast bells, stoves, bullets.
17.(Print.) To stereotype or electrotype.
18.To fix, distribute, or allot, as the parts of a play among actors; also to assign (an actor) for a part.
Our parts in the other world will be new cast.
To cast anchor
(Naut.) See under Anchor.
To cast a horoscope
to calculate it.
To cast a
to throw with the feet upwards, in such a manner as to prevent its rising again.
To cast a shoe
to throw off or lose a shoe, said of a horse or ox.
To cast aside
to throw or push aside; to neglect; to reject as useless or inconvenient.
To cast away
a - To throw away; to lavish; to waste.
b - To reject; to let perish.
c - To wreck.
To cast by
to reject; to dismiss or discard; to throw away.
To cast down
to throw down; to destroy; to deject or depress, as the mind.
To cast forth
to throw out, or eject, as from an inclosed place; to emit; to send out.
To cast in one's lot with
to share the fortunes of.
To cast in one's teeth
to upbraid or abuse one for; to twin.
To cast lots
See under Lot.
To cast off
a - To discard or reject; to drive away; to put off; to free one's self from.
b - (Hunting) To leave behind, as dogs; also, to set loose, or free, as dogs.
c - (Naut.) To untie, throw off, or let go, as a rope.
To cast off copy
(Print.) to estimate how much printed matter a given amount of copy will make, or how large the page must be in order that the copy may make a given number of pages.
To cast one's self on
to yield or submit one's self unreservedly to, as to the mercy of another.
To cast out
to throw out; to eject, as from a house; to cast forth; to expel; to utter.
To cast the lead
(Naut.) to sound by dropping the lead to the bottom.
To cast the water
(Med.) to examine the urine for signs of disease.
To cast up
a - To throw up; to raise.
b - To compute; to reckon, as the cost.
c - To vomit.
d - To twit with; to throw in one's teeth.
v. i.1.To throw, as a line in angling, esp, with a fly hook.
2.(Naut.) To turn the head of a vessel around from the wind in getting under weigh.
Weigh anchor, cast to starboard.
3.To consider; to turn or revolve in the mind; to plan; as, to cast about for reasons.
She . . . cast in her mind what manner of salution this should be.
4.To calculate; to compute.
Who would cast and balance at a desk.
5.To receive form or shape in a mold.
It will not run thin, so as to cast and mold.
6.To warp; to become twisted out of shape.
Stuff is said to cast or warp when . . . it alters its flatness or straightness.
7.To vomit.
These verses . . . make me ready to cast.
3d pers. p1.3d pers. pres. of Cast, for Casteth.
n.1.The act of casting or throwing; a throw.
2.The thing thrown.
A cast of dreadful dust.
3.The distance to which a thing is or can be thrown.
4.A throw of dice; hence, a chance or venture.
An even cast whether the army should march this way or that way.
I have set my life upon a cast,
And I will stand the hazard of the die.
5.That which is throw out or off, shed, or ejected; as, the skin of an insect, the refuse from a hawk's stomach, the excrement of a earthworm.
6.The act of casting in a mold.
And why such daily cast of brazen cannon.
7.An impression or mold, taken from a thing or person; amold; a pattern.
8.That which is formed in a mild; esp. a reproduction or copy, as of a work of art, in bronze or plaster, etc.; a casting.
9.Form; appearence; mien; air; style; as, a peculiar cast of countenance.
An heroic poem, but in another cast and figure.
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought.
10.A tendency to any color; a tinge; a shade.
Gray with a cast of green.
11.A chance, opportunity, privilege, or advantage; specifically, an opportunity of riding; a lift.
We bargained with the driver to give us a cast to the next stage.
If we had the cast o' a cart to bring it.
12.The assignment of parts in a play to the actors.
13.(Falconary) A flight or a couple or set of hawks let go at one time from the hand.
As when a cast of falcons make their flight.
14.A stoke, touch, or trick.
This was a cast of Wood's politics; for his information was wholly false.
15.A motion or turn, as of the eye; direction; look; glance; squint.
The cast of the eye is a gesture of aversion.
And let you see with one cast of an eye.
This freakish, elvish cast came into the child's eye.
16.A tube or funnel for conveying metal into a mold.
17.Four; that is, as many as are thrown into a vessel at once in counting herrings, etc; a warp.
18.Contrivance; plot, design.
A cast of the eye
a slight squint or strabismus.
Renal cast
(Med.) microscopic bodies found in the urine of persons affected with disease of the kidneys; - so called because they are formed of matter deposited in, and preserving the outline of, the renal tubes.
The last cast
the last throw of the dice or last effort, on which every thing is ventured; the last chance.

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