Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “cast”

See all translations

cast

verb [T]
 
 
/kɑːst/ ( past tense and past participle cast)
ACTOR B2 to choose an actor for a particular part in a film or play: [often passive] Why am I always cast as the villain?Casting, roles and scripts
THROW literary to throw somethingThrowing
LIGHT literary to send light or shadow (= dark shapes) in a particular direction: The moon cast a white light into the room.Emitting and ejecting
cast doubt/suspicion on sb/sth to make people feel less sure about or have less trust in someone or something: A leading scientist has cast doubts on government claims that the drug is safe.Upsetting and destabilizing
cast a/your vote to voteElections
cast a spell on sb to seem to use magic to attract someone: The city had cast a spell on me and I never wanted to leave.Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction to use magic to make something happen to someoneMagic
METAL to make an object by pouring hot metal into a container of a particular shape →  See also cast/run your/an eye over sth , cast/shed light on sth , cast a pall over sth , cast a shadow over sth Industry and industrial processes
(Definition of cast verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “cast” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More