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English noun: cast

1. cast (group) the actors in a play

Synonymscast of characters, dramatis personae

Broader (hypernym)assemblage, gathering

Narrower (hyponym)ensemble, supporting players

Member meronymcompany, troupe

2. cast (artifact) container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens

Synonymsmold, mould

Broader (hypernym)container

Narrower (hyponym)form, matrix, pig, pig bed, sandbox

3. cast (shape) the distinctive form in which a thing is made

SamplesPottery of this cast was found throughout the region.

Synonymsmold, mould, stamp

Broader (hypernym)solid

4. cast (attribute) the visual appearance of something or someone

SamplesThe delicate cast of his features.

Synonymsform, shape

Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

5. cast (artifact) bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal

Synonymsplaster bandage, plaster cast

Broader (hypernym)bandage, patch

6. cast (artifact) object formed by a mold


Broader (hypernym)copy

Narrower (hyponym)block, cylinder block, death mask, engine block, life mask

7. cast (act) the act of throwing dice


Broader (hypernym)throw

Narrower (hyponym)natural

Part meronymcraps

8. cast (act) the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel


Broader (hypernym)fishing, sportfishing

Narrower (hyponym)bait casting, fly casting, overcast, surf casting, surf fishing

9. cast (act) a violent throw


Broader (hypernym)throw

English verb: cast

1. cast (creation) put or send forth

SamplesShe threw the flashlight beam into the corner.
The setting sun threw long shadows.
Cast a spell.
Cast a warm light.

Synonymscontrive, project, throw

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)direct, send

Narrower (hyponym)shoot

2. cast (possession) deposit

SamplesCast a vote.
Cast a ballot.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)give

3. cast (creation) select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet

SamplesHe cast a young woman in the role of Desdemona.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)assign, delegate, depute, designate

Narrower (hyponym)miscast, recast, typecast

Entaildo, execute, film, perform, present, represent, stage

Verb groupcast

Domain categoryperforming arts

4. cast (contact) throw forcefully

ExamplesThey cast the object in the water

Synonymshurl, hurtle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)throw

Narrower (hyponym)bowl, catapult, crash, dash, precipitate, sling

5. cast (social) assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors

SamplesWho cast this beautiful movie?.

ExamplesSam and Sue cast the movie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)assign, delegate, depute, designate

Verb groupcast

6. cast (motion) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

SamplesThe gypsies roamed the woods.
Roving vagabonds.
The wandering Jew.
The cattle roam across the prairie.
The laborers drift from one town to the next.
They rolled from town to town.

Synonymsdrift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)gad, gallivant, jazz around, maunder

Verb groupdrift, err, stray, wander

7. cast (creation) form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold

SamplesCast a bronze sculpture.

ExamplesDid he cast his major works over a short period of time?

Synonymsmold, mould

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

Narrower (hyponym)press, press out, recast, remold, remould, sand cast

8. cast (contact) get rid of

SamplesHe shed his image as a pushy boss.
Shed your clothes.

Synonymscast off, drop, shake off, shed, throw, throw away, throw off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)abscise, autotomise, autotomize, exfoliate, exuviate, molt, moult, shed, slough

9. cast (competition) choose at random

SamplesDraw a card.
Cast lots.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, move

10. cast (communication) formulate in a particular style or language

SamplesI wouldn't put it that way.
She cast her request in very polite language.

Synonymscouch, frame, put, redact

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word

11. cast (body) eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

SamplesAfter drinking too much, the students vomited.
He purged continuously.
The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night.

Synonymsbarf, be sick, cat, chuck, disgorge, honk, puke, purge, regorge, regurgitate, retch, sick, spew, spue, throw up, upchuck, vomit, vomit up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)egest, eliminate, excrete, pass

Antonymskeep down

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