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English noun: throw

1. throw (act) the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

SamplesThe catcher made a good throw to second base.

Broader (hypernym)actuation, propulsion

Narrower (hyponym)bowling, cast, delivery, fling, flip, flip, heave, heaving, hurl, leaner, pass, pitch, pitch, ringer, shy, slinging, throw-in, toss

2. throw (state) a single chance or instance

SamplesHe couldn't afford $50 a throw.

Broader (hypernym)chance, opportunity

Domain usagecolloquialism

3. throw (event) the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam

Synonymscam stroke, stroke

Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

Narrower (hyponym)instroke, outstroke

4. throw (artifact) bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something

Broader (hypernym)bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding

5. throw (act) casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly

SamplesHe risked his fortune on a throw of the dice.

Broader (hypernym)gambling, gaming, play

Narrower (hyponym)cast, flip, roll, toss

English verb: throw

1. throw (contact) propel through the air

SamplesThrow a frisbee.

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

Broader (hypernym)impel, propel

Narrower (hyponym)bombard, cast, chuck, deep-six, defenestrate, deliver, drive, flap down, flick, fling, flip, ground, heave, hurl, hurtle, jettison, juggle, lob, pass, pelt, pitch, prostrate, ridge, shy, skim, skip, skitter, slam, throw overboard, toss

2. throw (motion) move violently, energetically, or carelessly

SamplesShe threw herself forwards.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)move

3. throw (contact) get rid of

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

Synonymscast, cast off, drop, shake off, shed, 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

4. throw (contact) place or put with great energy

SamplesShe threw the blanket around the child.
Thrust the money in the hands of the beggar.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

Narrower (hyponym)pop

5. throw (communication) convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture

SamplesThrow a glance.
She gave me a dirty look.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

6. throw (contact) cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation

SamplesSwitch on the light.
Throw the lever.

Synonymsflip, switch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)engage, lock, mesh, operate

Narrower (hyponym)cut, switch off, switch on, turn off, turn on, turn out

7. throw (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.

Synonymscast, contrive, project

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

Broader (hypernym)direct, send

Narrower (hyponym)shoot

8. throw (motion) to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly

SamplesJane threw dinner together.
Throw the car into reverse.

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

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

9. throw (emotion) cause to be confused emotionally

ExamplesThe bad news will throw him, The good news will throw her, The performance is likely to throw Sue

Synonymsbemuse, bewilder, discombobulate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset

10. throw (communication) utter with force; utter vehemently

SamplesHurl insults.
Throw accusations at someone.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

11. throw (creation) organize or be responsible for

SamplesHold a reception.
Have, throw, or make a party.
Give a course.

Synonymsgive, have, hold, make

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)direct

12. throw (creation) make on a potter's wheel

SamplesShe threw a beautiful teapot.

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

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

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

13. throw (contact) cause to fall off

SamplesThe horse threw its inexperienced rider.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bump, dislodge

14. throw (contact) throw (a die) out onto a flat surface

SamplesThrow a six.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)release, turn

Narrower (hyponym)shoot

15. throw (cognition) be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

SamplesThese questions confuse even the experts.
This question completely threw me.
This question befuddled even the teacher.

Synonymsbedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle

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

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, demoralize, disorient, disorientate, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex

Verb groupconfuse, disconcert, flurry, put off

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