Meaning of “cast” in the English Dictionary

"cast" in British English

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uk /kɑːst/ us /kæst/

cast noun (SHAPE)

[ C ] an object made by pouring hot liquid into a container and leaving it to become solid

in a cast UK also in plaster

If a part of your body is in a cast, it has a plaster cast around it to protect it while a broken bone repairs itself:

My leg was in a cast for about six weeks.

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uk /kɑːst/ us /kæst/ cast, cast

cast verb (ACTORS)

C2 [ T ] to choose actors to play particular parts in a play, film, or show:

He was often cast as the villain.
In her latest movie 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 opposing political party as (= to say that they are) the party of high taxes.
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cast verb (LIGHT)

C2 [ T usually + adv/prep ] to send light or shadow (= an area of darkness) in a particular direction:

The moon cast a white light 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 dinosaur skeleton has cast light on why they became extinct.

cast verb (THROW)

[ T + adv/prep ] literary to throw something:

The knight cast the sword far out into the lake.

[ I or T ] (in fishing) to throw something, such as a line, into the water to catch fish with:

He cast the line to the middle of the river.

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 its spell on me (= I started to like it very much).

(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 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:

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.

castnoun [ 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

(Definition of “cast” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cast" in Business English

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castverb [ T ]

uk /kɑːst/ us cast, cast
cast a/your vote also cast a/your ballot

to vote:

Building society members can today cast their votes on the biggest merger in building society history.

(Definition of “cast” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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