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cast

verb [T]  us   /kæst/ (past tense and past participle cast)

cast verb [T] (CAUSE TO APPEAR)

to cause something to appear, as if by throwing something: People complained about the shadows cast by the new skyscraper. fig. A new scientific study may cast some light on (= help to explain) why women live longer than men. In the sport of fishing, if you cast something, such as a line or a net, you throw it far into the water: We watched the trout fishermen casting their lines.

cast verb [T] (CHOOSE ACTORS)

to choose actors to play particular parts in a play, movie, or show, or to choose an actor for a part: They are casting the show in New York right now. She’s been cast as a young doctor in an upcoming movie.

cast verb [T] (SHAPE)

to make an object by pouring liquid, such as melted metal, into a shaped container to become hard: The bronze statue is being cast next week.

cast verb [T] (VOTE)

to give a vote: Altogether, 358 votes were cast.
Phrasal verbs

cast

noun [C]  us   /kæst/

cast noun [C] (COVERING)

a hard covering used to keep a broken bone in the correct position and protect it until it heals

cast noun [C] (CHOSEN ACTORS)

all the actors in a movie, play, or show

cast noun [C] (SHAPE)

an object made in a particular shape by pouring a liquid substance into a container having that shape and letting the liquid harden
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