cast1 W3 past tense and past participle cast
to provide new information about something, making it easier to understand:
research findings that cast new light on the origin of our universe
The numerous biographies of Baldwin cast little light on the subject.
to make people feel less certain about something:
Her documentary casts serious doubt on Gilligan's conviction.
to make light or a shadow appear somewhere
light and shade[transitive] literary
cast something over/on/across something
The flames cast dancing shadows on the walls.
the shade cast by low-hanging branches
to make people feel less happy or hopeful about something:
The allegations cast a cloud over the Mayor's visit.
Her father's illness cast a shadow over the wedding celebrations.
to look quickly in a particular direction
cast a look/glance at somebody/something
She cast an anguished look at Guy.
cast somebody a glance/look
The young tramp cast him a wary glance.
She blushed, casting her eyes down.
to examine or read something quickly in order to judge whether it is correct, good etc:
Mellor cast an eye over the draft for inaccuracies.
cast a critical/expert etc eye
Tonight,Tim Goodman casts a cynical eye on TV ads.
to vote in an election: ➔ casting vote
Barely one in three will bother to cast a ballot on February 26th.
To qualify, candidates must get at least 10% of the votes cast.
to attract someone very strongly and to keep their attention completely:
Hong Kong casts a spell over the visitor almost as soon as the aircraft touches down.
to use magic words or acts to change someone or something:
She's a witch, and she'll cast a spell on you if she catches you.
to try to remember something that happened in the past
cast your mind back to
Cast your mind back to your first day at school.
cast your mind back over
He frowned, casting his mind back over the conversation.
to suggest that someone is not as truthful, honest etc as they seem:
remarks that cast aspersions on the integrity of the jury
to make an object by pouring liquid metal, plastic etc into a mould (=hollow container)
cast something in/from something
a statue of a horse cast in bronze
to choose which people will act particular parts in a play, film etc
cast somebody alongside/opposite somebody (=choose people for the two main roles)
Pfeiffer was expected to be cast alongside Douglas in Basic Instinct.
cast somebody as something
Coppola cast him as Sodapop in The Outsiders.
cast somebody in a role/a part/the lead
The producer finally cast Finsh in the male lead.
to regard or describe someone as a particular type of person
cast somebody as something
Clinton had cast himself as the candidate of new economic opportunity.
Clarke's trying to cast me in the role of villain here.
to throw something somewhere [= toss]:
throw[transitive always + adverb/preposition] literary
Sparks leapt as he cast more wood on the fire.
to throw a fishing line or net into the water:
fishing[intransitive and transitive]DSO
There's a trick to casting properly.
to force someone to go somewhere unpleasant
send away[transitive always + adverb/preposition] literary
cast somebody into prison/Hell etc
Memet should, in her opinion, be cast into prison.
to consider or try as many things as possible in order to find what you want:
We cast our net wide to get the right person for the job.
when a snake casts its skin, the top layer of skin falls off slowly [= shed]
if a horse casts a shoe, the shoe falls off by accident
to prepare and write a horoscope for someone
➔ the die is castat die2 (3)
; ➔ throw in/cast your lot with somebody/somethingat lot2 (8)
; ➔ cast pearls before swineat pearl (4)
cast about/around for somethingphrasal verb
She cast about frantically for an excuse.
Telecoms companies are casting around for ways of recouping huge losses.
cast somebody/something ↔ asidephrasal verb
When Henry became King, he cast aside all his former friends.
cast aside inhibitions/doubts etc
Cast aside your fears.
cast awayphrasal verb
If you were cast away on a desert island, what would you miss most?
cast offphrasal verb
to untie the rope that fastens your boat to the shore so that you can sail away
to remove or get rid of something or someone that you no longer want or need:
His family had cast him off without a penny.
to finish a piece of knitting by removing the stitches from the needle to make an edge that will not come undone
cast something ↔ off
Cast off four stitches.
cast onphrasal verb
to start a piece of knitting by making the first stitches on the needle
cast something ↔ on
Cast on 132 stitches.
cast somebody/something ↔ outphrasal verb
to force someone or something to leave a place:
God has cast out the demons from your soul.
cast something ↔ upphrasal verb
A body had been cast up on the rocks.