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1 cast /ˈkæst/ Brit /ˈkɑːst/ verb
casts; cast; casting
1 cast
/ˈkæst/ Brit /ˈkɑːst/
casts; cast; casting
Learner's definition of CAST
[+ object]
: to throw or move (something) in a forceful way投;抛;扔
: to throw (a fishing line, hook, etc.) into the water by using a fishing pole(用鱼竿向水里)甩鱼线,甩鱼钩
: to send or direct (something) in the direction of someone or something向…投以
: to send (something) out or forward发出;投射
often used figuratively常用作比喻
: to make (a vote) formally正式投票
: to assign roles for (a play, movie, etc.) to actors给(戏剧、电影中的角色)分派演员
: to assign (an actor or actress) a role in a film, play, etc.分配(演员)扮演角色
see also typecast
: to shape (a substance) by pouring it into a mold and letting it harden浇铸
: to form (something, such as a sculpture) by casting metal, plaster, etc.铸型
: to arrange (something) into parts or into a proper form以…形式组合起来
: to talk about or think of (someone or something) in a particular way将…说成是(或认为是)

cast about/around for

[phrasal verb]
cast about/around for (something)
: to look in many places for (something)到处搜寻;四处寻找

cast a (dark) cloud

see 1cloud

cast adrift

[phrasal verb]
cast (a boat) adrift : to cause (a boat) to float on the water without being tied to anything or controlled by anyone让(船)漂泊often used as (be) cast adrift常用作(be) cast adrift
cast (someone) adrift : to cause (someone) to float on the water in a boat that is not tied to anything or controlled by anyone使(某人)在船上漂泊often used as (be) cast adrift常用作(be) cast adrift
often used figuratively常用作比喻

cast aside

[phrasal verb]
cast aside (something) or cast (something) aside
: to stop thinking about (something)抛开;消除

cast aspersions

see aspersions

cast away

[phrasal verb]
cast away (someone) or cast (someone) away
: to leave (someone) alone somewhere (such as on an island) as a result of a storm, shipwreck, etc.(遇难后)流落(如荒岛)usually used as (be) cast away通常用作(be) cast away
see also castaway

cast caution to the wind

see 1caution

cast light on

see 1light

cast lots

see lot

cast off

[phrasal verb]
cast off (something) or cast (something) off : to get rid of (something)丢弃;去除
see also castoff, cast-off
: to untie the rope that is holding a boat near the land解开(船缆)
: to remove stitches from a knitting needle in a way that does not cause them to become loose收针

cast on

[phrasal verb]
: to place stitches on a knitting needle(编织时)起针,放针

cast out

[phrasal verb]
cast out (someone or something) or cast (someone or something) out
: to force (someone or something) to go away驱逐;赶出

cast pearls before swine

see pearl

cast your eye over

see 1eye

cast your lot

see lot

cast your mind back

see 1mind

cast your net wide

see 1net

the die is cast

see 2die
2 cast /ˈkæst/ Brit /ˈkɑːst/ noun
plural casts
2 cast
/ˈkæst/ Brit /ˈkɑːst/
plural casts
Learner's definition of CAST
[count] : the actors in a play, film, or television show演员阵容
◊ The phrase cast of characters is sometimes used to refer to a group of people who have important roles in a book, story, or event.(在书、故事或事件中担任重要角色的)一组人物
[count] : a hard covering that is put on an arm, leg, etc., so that a broken bone can heal(固定断骨用的)石膏
called also plaster cast
[count] : a container that is used to give its form or shape to something that is poured or pressed into it : mold
also : an object that is made by using such a container铸模;铸件
[singular] literary : the shape or appearance of something外貌;外形
[singular] : a slight bit of color浅淡的色调
[singular] : a characteristic of a person or thing : a distinctive quality特性;性格
[count] : the act of throwing a fishing line into water with a pole抛钓鱼线


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cast; casting

transitive verb

: to cause to move or send forth by throwing
cast a fishing lure
cast dice
: direct
cast a glance
: to put forth
the fire casts a warm glow
cast light on the subject
cast a shadow
: to place as if by throwing
cast doubt on their reliability
: to deposit (a ballot) formally
cast her vote
: to throw off or away
the horse cast a shoe
: to get rid of : discard
cast off all restraint
soda cans and fast-food boxes cast aside on the beach
: shed, molt
cast feathers
: to bring forth
especially : to give birth to prematurely
: to throw to the ground especially in wrestling
The cow was cast and her legs tied.
: to build by throwing up earth
cast a mound
: to perform arithmetical operations on : add
: to calculate by means of astrology
cast a person's horoscope
archaic : decide, intend
: to dispose or arrange into parts or into a suitable form or order
I shall cast what I have to say under two principal heads Tatler
: to assign the parts of (a dramatic production) to actors
cast a movie
: to assign (someone, such as an actor) to a role or part
was cast in the leading role
: to give a shape to (a substance) by pouring in liquid or plastic form into a mold and letting harden without pressure
cast steel
: to form by this process
toys cast from plastic
: turn
cast the scale slightly
: to make (a knot or stitch) by looping or catching up
cast a square knot
: twist, warp
a beam cast by age
: to transmit the sound and images of (something happening) in real time via the Internet
The event is cast live over the Internet and broadcast later on National Public Radio's "Science Friday." Lynn Teo Simarski
The webinar will be cast live over Skype on a large screen at the church. Cheril Vernon

intransitive verb

: to throw something
specifically : to throw out a lure with a fishing rod
dialectal British : vomit
dialectal, England : to bear fruit : yield
: to perform addition
obsolete : estimate, conjecture
: warp
lumber casts
: to range over land in search of a trail
used of hunting dogs or trackers
: veer
castability noun
castable adjective


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: an act of casting
: something that happens as a result of chance
: a throw of dice
a seven on the first cast
: a throw of a line (such as a fishing line) or net
a perfect cast
: the form in which a thing is constructed
: the set of actors in a dramatic production
The show features an all-star cast.
: a set of characters or persons
in both great houses there is the usual cast of servants Elizabeth Bowen
: the arrangement of draperies in a painting
: the distance to which a thing can be thrown
specifically : the distance a bow can shoot
: a turning of the eye in a particular direction
also : expression
this freakish, elfish cast came into the child's eye Nathaniel Hawthorne
: a slight strabismus
: something that is thrown or the quantity thrown
especially, British : the leader of a fishing line
: something that is formed by casting in a mold or form: such as
: a reproduction (as of a statue) in metal or plaster : casting
: a fossil reproduction of the details of a natural object by mineral infiltration
: an impression taken from an object with a liquid or plastic substance : mold
They made a mask from a wax cast of her face.
: a rigid casing (as of fiberglass or of gauze impregnated with plaster of paris) used for immobilizing a usually diseased or broken part
has a cast on her broken arm
: an overspread of a color or modification of the appearance of a substance by a trace of some added hue : shade
gray with a greenish cast
: tinge, suggestion
a cast of bitterness in his words Walter O'Meara
: a ride on one's way in a vehicle : lift
A motorist gave him a cast as far as the town.
Scotland : help, assistance
: shape, appearance
the delicate cast of her features
: characteristic quality
his father's conservative cast of mind
: something that is shed, ejected, or thrown out or off: such as
: the excrement of an earthworm
: a mass of soft matter formed in cavities of diseased organs and discharged from the body
: the skin of an insect
: the ranging in search of a trail by a dog, hunting pack, or tracker
The setter made a wide cast.
cast lots
: to draw lots to determine a matter by chance
Choose the Right Synonym for cast

discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of.

discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless.

discard old clothes

cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation.

cast off her friends

shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster.

shed a bad habit
finally sloughed off the depression

scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form.

scrap all the old ways
would junk our educational system

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force.

throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm.

can throw a fastball and a curve

cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering.

cast it to the winds

toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion.

tossed the coat on the bed

fling stresses a violent throwing.

flung the ring back in his face

hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight.

hurled himself at the intruder

pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target.

pitch horseshoes

sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim.

slung the bag over his shoulder

Example Sentences

Verb Seaweed was cast up by the waves. The tree cast a long shadow on the lawn. How many votes were cast? Noun She has a cast on her arm. They made a mask from a wax cast of her face.
Recent Examples on the Web
Yet, in the waning days of the Trump administration those strict protocols appeared to have been inexplicably cast aside, leaving hundreds of classified records at risk. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2022 But given that 16- and 21-year-old actors have been cast as Princes Harry and William, respectively, timing-wise that would suggest Season 5 will focus on how the royals fared during the tumultuous 90s. Andy Meek, BGR, 9 Sep. 2022 Federal law requires local election officers to retain congressional and presidential election materials for 22 months after ballots are cast. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2022 Over the years, writes Mary McNamara, that character has been cast in many lights: fairy tale princess, colonial despot, self-sacrificing monarch, money-sucking figurehead, underappreciated working woman, unfeeling mother-in-law. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 Darke worked in a casting office after moving to New York City, but decided to pursue acting full-time After graduating from college, Darke headed to the Big Apple to pursue acting and ended up getting cast in a few small scale plays. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2022 Regardless of these shortcomings and viable alternatives, Mr. Appleyard feels the die is cast. Mark Yost, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 Just 55 votes were cast before the machines were fixed, and those votes were counted, Rapoza told the board. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2022 LaBeouf departs the project and pop star Harry Styles is cast in his stead. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2022
In her fiercest role yet, Viola Davis leads a cast of elite female warriors, called the Agojie, who served to protect the kingdom of Dahomey from outside threat. Peter Debruge, Variety, 10 Sep. 2022 His movie promises the return of Daniel Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc, who travels to Greece to unravel a mystery featuring a whole new cast of colorful suspects played by some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2022 Disney's spooky classic dark ride is coming to the big screen (again), this time with an all-star cast including Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, Hasan Minhaj, Jared Leto, and Jamie Lee Curtis as the iconic Madame Leota. Keith Langston, EW.com, 10 Sep. 2022 The good news is that Saturday is full of fun panels, such as one with the cast of Bob’s Burgers and a celebration of Spider-Man’s 60th birthday. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 9 Sep. 2022 Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Frances McDormand, and Ben Whishaw head a very strong cast. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2022 Sivan Battat directs a cast for Studio Theatre that includes Laura C. Harris, Gregory Connors, Sophia Lillis, Louis Reyes McWilliams and Naomi Jacobson. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 The monarch met with the cast of the HBO series, including real-life couple Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, during a 2014 trip to Northern Ireland, which served as a filming location. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 The sequel is no less star-studded than the original, with the cast including Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, and Ethan Hawke — though Hawke's character is nowhere to be found in the footage. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History



Middle English, from Old Norse kasta; akin to Old Norse kǫs heap

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cast was in the 13th century


ADJECTIVE | VERB + CAST | CAST + VERB | CAST + NOUN | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEhuge, large龐大的演員陣容small小規模演員陣容excellent, good, strong, talented優秀的/出色的/實力很強的/有才華的演員陣容all-star, star-studded, stellar (especially NAmE) 全明星/明星雲集的/星光燦爛的演員陣容ensemble全體演員supporting配角演員original原班演員陣容VERB + CASTfeature, have由⋯主演;有⋯參加演出The play has a large cast of characters.這部戲裏有很多角色。join加入(一部戲劇或電影的)演出head領銜主演Jane Simms heads the cast of this brilliant production.簡・西姆斯是這部出色作品的主演。assemble彙集演員CAST + VERBperform sth演員演出⋯feature sb, include sb由某人主演;演員中包括某人CAST + NOUNmember演員PREPOSITIONin a/the cast在演員表裏Who is in the cast?演員都有誰?PHRASESa cast of characters, a member of the cast全體演員;參演人員之一

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