Word forms: casts
Definitionslanguage note: The form cast is used in the present tense and is the past tense and past participle.
1. countable noun [with sing or pl verb]
The cast of a play or film is all the people who act in it. ⇒ The show is very amusing and the cast are very good.
2. verb To cast an actor in a play or film means to choose them to act a particular role in it. [V n + in/as] ⇒ The world premiere of Harold Pinter's new play casts Ian Holm in the lead role. [be V-ed + as] ⇒ He was cast as a college professor. [V n] ⇒ He had no trouble casting the movie. casting
uncountable noun [N n] ⇒ The film could have done without the casting of the director's daughter in a central role. ⇒ ...the casting director of Ealing film studios. 3. verb To cast someone in a particular way or as a particular thing means to describe them in that way or suggest they are that thing. [be V-ed + as] ⇒ Democrats have been worried about being cast as the party of the poor. [V pron-refl + as] ⇒ Holland would never dare cast himself as a virtuoso pianist. [Also + in] 4. verb If you cast your eyes or cast a look in a particular direction, you look quickly in that direction. [written] [V n prep/adv] ⇒ He cast a stern glance at the two men. [V n prep/adv] ⇒ I cast my eyes down briefly. [V n] ⇒ The maid, casting black looks, hurried out. [Also V n n] 5. verb If something casts a light or shadow somewhere, it causes it to appear there. [written] [V n prep] ⇒ The moon cast a bright light over the yard. [V n] ⇒ They flew in over the beach, casting a huge shadow. 6. verb To cast doubt on something means to cause people to be unsure about it. [V n + on] ⇒ Last night a top criminal psychologist cast doubt on the theory. 7. verb When you cast your vote in an election, you vote. [V n] ⇒ About ninety-five per cent of those who cast their votes approve the new constitution. [V-ed] ⇒ Gaviria had been widely expected to obtain well over half the votes cast. 8. verb
To cast something or someone somewhere means to throw them there. [literary] [V n prep] ⇒ Any true lover casting a pin into the fountain and gazing into it will see his or her future partner. [have n V-ed prep] ⇒ John had Maude and her son cast into a dungeon.
If someone casts a fishing line or casts, they throw one end of the fishing line into the water. [V n] ⇒ Some way from them, the fisherman cast his line. [Also V]
10. verb To cast an object means to make it by pouring a liquid such as hot metal into a specially shaped container and leaving it there until it becomes hard. [V-ed + in] ⇒ ...sculptures cast in bronze. [Also V n in n, V n] 11. countable noun A cast is a model that has been made by pouring a liquid such as plaster or hot metal onto something or into something, so that when it hardens it has the same shape as that thing. casting [+ of] ⇒ An orthodontist took a cast of the inside of Billy's mouth. 13. countable noun If someone has a particular cast of mind or cast of thought, they have that kind of character or way of thinking of things. ⇒ The Social Democratic Party was full of people of an academic cast of mind. ⇒ Hers was an essentially sunny cast of mind.
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