cast·​ing | \ ˈka-stiŋ How to pronounce casting (audio) \

Definition of casting

1 : something (such as the excrement of an earthworm) that is cast out or off
2 : the act of one that casts: such as
a : the throwing of a fishing line by means of a rod and reel
b : the assignment of parts and duties to actors or performers
3 : something cast in a mold

Examples of casting in a Sentence

The workers make metal castings for truck engines.

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This might seem obvious, but casting is all about location, location, location. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's Exactly How To Nominate Someone For "Queer Eye"," 28 Mar. 2019 Scarlett Johansson has drawn criticism yet again for a controversial casting choice. Emma Stefansky, HWD, "Scarlett Johansson Under Fire for Playing a Trans Man in Her Next Movie," 5 July 2018 Prices at Kismet Outfitters vary depending on the expedition, but an hour-long casting lesson runs at $60. Hayley Harding,, "Simsbury Native Runs One-Woman Fly Fishing Business," 18 June 2018 Phoenix, along with 15 other cities, was chosen as a casting call site for season 23 of the hit reality-TV dating show. Becca Smouse, azcentral, "I went to a casting call for 'The Bachelor.' Here's what happened," 17 June 2018 Levitan held open castings, and booked her customers and friends to walk her runway. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "At Tel Aviv Fashion Week: Celeb-Beloved Designers, Young Talents, and Diverse Runways," 21 Mar. 2019 Speaking with AfterBuzzTV, Katherine McNamara detailed how the show made its initial casting announcements on Twitter. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Katherine McNamara Almost Found Out About Her "Shadowhunters" Role on Twitter," 10 Jan. 2019 In 2017, a worldwide casting call began to find the lead roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, in search of diverse actors who could not only act but sing as well. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018 The one commercial agent in town agreed to represent her, and in junior high, Witherspoon went out for a casting call for 1991’s The Man in the Moon, directed by Robert Mulligan. Maria Ward, Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Reese Witherspoon," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of casting

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of casting

: something made from material that hardens in a mold


cast·​ing | \ ˈka-stiŋ\

Kids Definition of casting

1 : the act or action of someone or something that casts
2 : something that is cast in a mold a bronze casting



Medical Definition of casting

1 : the act or process of making casts or impressions or of shaping in a mold
2 : something cast in a mold

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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