cast Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"cast" in British English

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uk   /kɑːst/  us   /kæst/

cast noun (ACTORS)

B2 [C, + sing/pl verb] the ​actors in a ​film, ​play, or show: After the ​finalperformance the ​directorthrew a ​party for the cast. Part of the movie's ​successlies in the ​strength of the supporting cast (= the ​actors who were not ​playing the ​mainparts).

cast noun (SHAPE)

[C] an ​object made by ​pouringhotliquid into a ​container and ​leaving it to ​becomesolid [C] a plaster cast in a cast (UK also in plaster) If a ​part of ​yourbody is in a cast, it has a plaster cast around it to ​protect it while a ​brokenbonerepairs itself: My ​leg was in a cast for about six ​weeks.


uk   /kɑːst/  us   /kæst/ (cast, cast)

cast verb (ACTORS)

C2 [T] to ​chooseactors to ​playparticularparts in a ​play, ​film, or show: He was often cast as the ​villain. In her ​latestmovie she was cast against ​type (= ​played a different ​character than the one she usually ​played or might be ​expected to ​play).figurative They like to cast the ​opposingpoliticalparty as (= to say that they are) the ​party of high ​taxes.
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cast verb (LIGHT)

C2 [T usually + adv/prep] to ​sendlight or shadow (= an ​area of ​darkness) in a ​particulardirection: The ​moon cast a ​whitelight into the ​room. The ​tree cast a ​shadow over/on his ​face.figurative Her ​arrival cast a ​shadow over/on the ​party (= made it less ​pleasant).cast light on sth to ​provide an ​explanation for a ​situation or ​problem, or ​information that makes it ​easier to ​understand: The ​discovery of the ​dinosaurskeleton has cast ​light on why they ​becameextinct.

cast verb (LOOK)

cast a look, glance, smile, etc. to ​look, ​smile, etc. in a ​particulardirection: She cast a ​quicklook in the ​rearmirror.cast an/your eye over sth to ​lookquickly at something: Could you cast an ​eye over this ​report for me?

cast verb (THROW)

[T + adv/prep] literary to ​throw something: The ​knight cast the ​swordfar out into the ​lake. [I or T] (in ​fishing) to ​throw something, such as a ​line, into the ​water to ​catchfish with: He cast the ​line to the ​middle of the ​river.

cast verb (DOUBT)

cast doubt/suspicion on sb/sth C2 to make ​peoplefeel less ​sure about or have less ​trust in something or someone: New ​evidence has cast ​doubt on the ​guiltyverdict.cast aspersions on sb/sth formal to ​criticize or make ​damagingremarks or ​judgments about someone or something: His ​opponents cast ​aspersions on his ​patriotism.

cast verb (REMEMBER)

cast your mind back C2 to ​try to ​remember: If you cast ​yourmind back, you might ​recall that I never ​promised to go.

cast verb (VOTE)

cast a/your vote C2 to ​vote: All the ​votes in the ​election have now been cast and the ​counting has ​begun.

cast verb (SHAPE)

[T] to make an ​object by ​pouringhotliquid, such as ​meltedmetal, into a ​shapedcontainer where it ​becomes hard

cast verb (MAGIC)

cast a spell C2 to use words ​thought to be ​magic, ​especially in ​order to have an ​effect on someone: The ​old woman cast a ​spell on the ​prince and he ​turned into a ​frog.figurative When I was 17, ​jazz cast ​itsspell on me (= I ​started to like it very much).

cast verb (SKIN)

[T] If a ​snake casts ​itsskin, the ​outerlayer of ​oldskin comes off ​itsbody.
(Definition of cast from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cast" in American English

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castverb [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 ​scientificstudy may cast some ​light on (= ​help to ​explain) why women ​livelonger 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 ​troutfishermen casting ​theirlines.

cast verb [T] (CHOOSE ACTORS)

to ​chooseactors to ​playparticularparts 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 ​youngdoctor in an ​upcomingmovie.

cast verb [T] (SHAPE)

to make an ​object by ​pouringliquid, such as ​meltedmetal, into a ​shapedcontainer to ​become hard: The ​bronzestatue is being cast next ​week.

cast verb [T] (VOTE)

to give a ​vote: Altogether, 358 ​votes were cast.
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castnoun [C]

 us   /kæst/

cast noun [C] (COVERING)

a hard ​covering used to ​keep a ​brokenbone in the ​correctposition 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 ​particularshape by ​pouring a ​liquidsubstance into a ​container having that ​shape and ​letting the ​liquidharden
(Definition of cast from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cast" in Business English

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castverb [T]

uk   us   /kɑːst/ (cast, cast)
cast a/your vote (also cast a/your ballot) to ​vote: Building ​societymembers can today cast their ​votes on the biggest ​merger in ​buildingsocietyhistory.
(Definition of cast from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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