re·cast | \(ˌ)rē-ˈkast \
recast; recasting

Definition of recast 

transitive verb

: to cast again recast a gun recast a play also : remodel, refashion recasts his political image to fit the times

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Other Words from recast

recast \ˈrē-ˌkast, (ˌ)rē-ˈkast \ noun

Examples of recast in a Sentence

The director decided to recast the movie with unknowns. When she quit the movie, I was recast in the leading role. The director recast some of the actors in the play. You should recast the last sentence in your essay to make it clearer. He recast his political image to fit the times.
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On the halfway line — recast now as a slender divide between hope and despair — England Manager Gareth Southgate stood and watched. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 The show is recasting the parts of Mandy and Boyd, who were previously played by Molly Ephraim and Flynn Morrison. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How ‘Last Man Standing’ Went From Hit Sitcom, to Canceled, to Revived For Its Seventh Season," 11 July 2018 Vagrancy laws recast former black slaves as vagrants in order to control or eject them from places they were deemed undesirable. Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, The Atlantic, "An App for Ejecting the Homeless," 28 June 2018 Netflix reportedly has a six-year plan for the show, which may recast its central roles as necessary as its timeline progresses. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch the First Trailer for Netflix's $156 Million New Show, 'The Crown'," 27 Sep. 2016 The roles of Tim Allen’s character’s daughter and grandson will be recast, the website reports. Michele Corriston,, "Tim Allen's Last Man Standing Revival Will Recast 2 Roles," 3 July 2018 For most of the 19th century, Hamilton was derided as a crass elitist; the Hamiltonian revival of the last decade has now recast Madison as the villain. Jay Cost, WSJ, "The Founding Era’s Populist Moment," 8 June 2018 The very definition of the nearly century-old Miss America pageant has been recast into a scholarship competition that instead highlights women's talents, philanthropy and leadership. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "No swimsuits? No problem. Miss America needed this reboot," 5 June 2018 The increase also reflects a shift to heavier paper stock and a larger page format intended to spotlight its photojournalism while recasting the magazine as a more premium product. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Cardi B, Live Events, Fewer Issues: Meet the New Rolling Stone," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of recast

1625, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of recast

: to change the actors in (a play, movie, or television show)

: to give a new role to (an actor)

: to present (something) in a different way

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to reject or criticize sharply

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