Meaning of CAST in English

CAST

/ kɑːst; NAmE kæst/ verb , noun

■ verb

( cast , cast )

A LOOK / GLANCE / SMILE

1.

to look, smile, etc. in a particular direction :

[ vn ]

She cast a welcoming smile in his direction.

[also vnn ]

LIGHT / A SHADOW

2.

[ vn ] to make light, a shadow, etc. appear in a particular place :

The setting sun cast an orange glow over the mountains.

( figurative )

The sad news cast a shadow over the proceedings (= made people feel unhappy) .

DOUBT

3.

[ vn ] cast doubt / aspersions (on / upon sth) to say, do or suggest sth that makes people doubt sth or think that sb is less honest, good, etc. :

This latest evidence casts serious doubt on his version of events.

FISHING LINE

4.

[ v , vn ] to throw one end of a fishing line into a river, etc.

THROW

5.

[ vn ] ( literary ) to throw sb/sth somewhere, especially using force :

The priceless treasures had been cast into the Nile.

They cast anchor at nightfall.

SKIN

6.

[ vn ] when a snake casts its skin, the skin comes off as part of a natural process

SYN shed

SHOE

7.

[ vn ] if a horse casts a shoe, the shoe comes off by accident

ACTORS

8.

cast sb (as sb) to choose actors to play the different parts in a film / movie, play, etc.; to choose an actor to play a particular role :

[ vn ]

The play is being cast in both the US and Britain.

He has cast her as an ambitious lawyer in his latest movie.

[also v ]

DESCRIBE

9.

[ vn ] cast sb (as sth) | cast sb (in sth) to describe or present sb in a particular way :

He cast himself as the innocent victim of a hate campaign.

The press were quick to cast her in the role of 'the other woman'.

VOTE

10.

[ vn ] cast a / your vote / ballot (for sb/sth) to vote for sb/sth

SHAPE METAL

11.

[ vn ] cast sth (in sth) to shape hot liquid metal, etc. by pouring it into a hollow container (called a mould ) :

a statue cast in bronze

( figurative )

an artist cast in the mould of (= very similar to) Miro

IDIOMS

- cast your mind back (to sth)

- cast your net wide

- cast a spell (on sb/sth)

—more at adrift , caution noun , die noun , eye noun , light noun , lot noun

PHRASAL VERBS

- cast about / around for sth

- cast sb/sth aside

- be cast away

- be cast down (by sth)

- cast off | cast sth off

- cast sth off

- cast on | cast sth on

- cast sb/sth out

■ noun

ACTORS

1.

[ C +sing./pl. v . ] all the people who act in a play or film / movie :

The whole cast performs / perform brilliantly.

members of the cast

an all-star cast (= including many well-known actors)

the supporting cast (= not the main actors, but the others)

a cast list

IN SHAPING METAL

2.

[ C ] an object that is made by pouring hot liquid metal, etc. into a mould (= a specially shaped container)

3.

[ C ] a shaped container used to make an object

SYN mould

APPEARANCE

4.

[ sing. ] ( BrE , formal ) the way that a person or thing is or appears :

He has an unusual cast of mind .

I disliked the arrogant cast to her mouth.

THROW

5.

[ C ] an act of throwing sth, especially a fishing line

ON ARM / LEG

6.

[ C ] = plaster cast :

Her leg's in a cast .

—see also opencast

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WORD ORIGIN

verb senses 1 to 7 and verb senses 10 to 11 noun senses 2 to 6 Middle English : from Old Norse kasta to cast or throw.

verb senses 8 to 9 and noun sense 1 mid 17th cent.: a special use of the original meaning of cast,in sense 11 of the verb.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.