cast-off

adjective
\ ˈkast-ˌȯf How to pronounce cast-off (audio) \

Definition of cast-off

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thrown away or aside

cast off

verb
cast off; casting off; casts off

Definition of cast off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : loose cast off a hunting dog
2 : unfasten cast off a boat
3 : to remove (a stitch) from a knitting needle in such a way as to prevent unraveling

intransitive verb

1 : to unfasten or untie a boat or a line
2 : to turn one's partner in a square dance and pass around the outside of the set and back
3 : to finish a knitted fabric by casting off all stitches

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Other Words from cast-off

Adjective

castoff noun

Examples of cast-off in a Sentence

Verb once she became rich and didn't need them anymore, she cast off all her old friends like so much junk
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, vaccines are offering hope that Americans will rediscover their wanderlust and cast off the limitations of video chats and telephone calls. Patrick Clark, Fortune, "Vaccine rollout could boost the travel industry—and spell the end of deep discounts," 24 Dec. 2020 Still, vaccines are offering hope that Americans will rediscover their wanderlust and cast off the limitations of video chats and telephone calls. Patrick Clark, Fortune, "Vaccine rollout could boost the travel industry—and spell the end of deep discounts," 24 Dec. 2020 Still, vaccines are offering hope that Americans will rediscover their wanderlust and cast off the limitations of video chats and telephone calls. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Vaccines may embolden hotels and airlines to raise prices," 23 Dec. 2020 Heine was born in Dusseldorf in 1797, into a family that had already cast off traditional Jewish observance. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "‘Heinrich Heine’ Review: Song of the Outsider," 18 Dec. 2020 The rest of the letter was a master class in how to discredit basic science, allow bosses to step on workers, and casually cast off the deaths of 5,5,95 North Carolinians and counting. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "North Carolina’s Labor Commissioner Abandons Workers One Last Time on Her Way Out the Door," 8 Dec. 2020 There are rules in Oregon and Washington State requiring all trees being exported to hot places, like Hawaii, to be shaken for 15 seconds, at a precise speed, to cast off dead needles, yellowjacket nests, and slugs. National Geographic, "Rockefeller, the viral stowaway Christmas tree owl, flies free," 24 Nov. 2020 At least four ships cast off in the week before the original no-sail order and went on to experience COVID-19 outbreaks while at sea. USA Today, "How the CDC failed public health officials fighting the coronavirus," 11 Nov. 2020 But the hostility and threats members of the press have endured because of Trump's attacks are not the reason that many prominent anchors and reporters have cast off their old cloaks of objectivity in covering this administration. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The media has combatted dangerous claims for four years. Tuesday will be the ultimate test," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cast-off

Adjective

1613, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1575, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of cast-off was in 1575

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“Cast-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cast-off. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for cast-off

cast-off

adjective
How to pronounce cast off (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cast-off

: thrown or given away

castoff

noun
cast·​off | \ ˈkast-ˌȯf \

Kids Definition of castoff

: a person or thing that has been thrown aside or rejected

cast-off

adjective
\ ˈkast-ˌȯf \

Kids Definition of cast-off

: thrown away or aside She wore cast-off clothes.

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