Meaning of CAST in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kɑ:st, kæst ]

( casts, casting)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

Note: The form 'cast' is used in the present tense and is the past tense and past participle.


The cast of a play or film is all the people who act in it.

The show is very amusing and the cast are very good.



To cast an actor in a play or film means to choose them to act a particular role in it.

The world premiere of Harold Pinter’s new play casts Ian Holm in the lead role...

He was cast as a college professor...

He had no trouble casting the movie.

VERB : V n in/as n , V n in/as n , V n

• cast‧ing

...the casting director of Ealing film studios.

N-UNCOUNT : oft N of n , N n


To cast someone in a particular way or as a particular thing means to describe them in that way or suggest they are that thing.

Democrats have been worried about being cast as the party of the poor...

Holland would never dare cast himself as a virtuoso pianist.

VERB : V n as/in n , V pron-refl as/in n


If you cast your eyes or cast a look in a particular direction, you look quickly in that direction. ( WRITTEN )

He cast a stern glance at the two men...

I cast my eyes down briefly...

The maid, casting black looks, hurried out.

VERB : V n prep / adv , V n prep / adv , V n


If something casts a light or shadow somewhere, it causes it to appear there. ( WRITTEN )

The moon cast a bright light over the yard...

They flew in over the beach, casting a huge shadow.

VERB : V n prep , V n


To cast doubt on something means to cause people to be unsure about it.

Last night a top criminal psychologist cast doubt on the theory.

VERB : V n on n


When you cast your vote in an election, you vote.

About ninety-five per cent of those who cast their votes approve the new constitution...

Gaviria had been widely expected to obtain well over half the votes cast.

VERB : V n , V-ed


To cast something or someone somewhere means to throw them there. ( LITERARY )

Any true lover casting a pin into the fountain and gazing into it will see his or her future partner...

John had Maude and her son cast into a dungeon.

VERB : V n prep , have n V-ed prep


To cast an object means to make it by pouring a liquid such as hot metal into a specially shaped container and leaving it there until it becomes hard.

...sculptures cast in bronze.

VERB : V-ed in n


A cast is a model that has been made by pouring a liquid such as plaster or hot metal onto something or into something, so that when it hardens it has the same shape as that thing.

An orthodontist took a cast of the inside of Billy’s mouth.

N-COUNT : oft N of n


A cast is the same as a plaster cast .



see also casting


to cast aspersions: see aspersions

the die is cast: see die

to cast your mind back: see mind

to cast your net wider: see net

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