\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throw (audio) \
threw\ ˈthrü How to pronounce threw (audio) \; thrown\ ˈthrōn How to pronounce thrown (audio) \; throwing

Definition of throw

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transitive verb

1a : to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm throw a baseball
b : to propel through the air in any manner a rifle that can throw a bullet a mile
c : pitch sense 6b threw a no-hitter
2a : to cause to fall threw his opponent
b : to cause to fall off : unseat the horse threw its rider
c : to get the better of : overcome the problem didn't throw her
3a : to fling (oneself) precipitately threw herself down on the sofa
b : to drive or impel violently : dash the ship was thrown on a reef
4a(1) : to put in a particular position or condition threw her arms around him thrown into chaos threw him into prison
(2) : to put on or off hastily or carelessly threw on a coat
b : to bring to bear : exert threw all his efforts into the boy's defense throw their weight behind the proposal
c : build, construct threw a pontoon bridge over the river
5 : to give by way of entertainment throw a party
6 : to indulge in : give way to threw a temper tantrum
7 : to lose intentionally throw a game
8 : to form or shape on a potter's wheel
9 : to deliver (a blow) in or as if in boxing
10a : to make a cast of (dice or a specified number on dice)
b : roll sense 1a throw a bowling ball
11 : to give up : abandon
12 : to send forth : project the setting sun threw long shadows also : shed sense 3b throw some light on the matter
13 : to make (oneself) dependent : commit (oneself) for help, support, or protection threw himself on the mercy of the court
14 : to perform (something, such as a stunt) successfully throwing tricks on a skateboard
15a : to bring forth throws a good crop
b : to give birth to threw large litters
16a : to move (a lever) so as to connect or disconnect parts of a clutch or switch also : to make or break (a connection) with a lever
b : to put (an automobile) in a different gear especially quickly or suddenly he threw the car into reverse
17 : deposit sense 2b the wine throws sediment
18 : to twist two or more filaments of into a thread or yarn
throw cold water on
: to discourage especially through pessimism or indifference
throw money at
: to spend large sums of money on or for especially recklessly or ineffectively trying to solve problems by throwing money at them
throw one's weight around or throw one's weight about
: to exercise influence or authority especially to an excessive degree or in an objectionable manner
throw to the wolves
: to leave unprotected against fierce opposition or attack
throw together
1 : to put together in a hurried and usually careless manner a bookshelf hastily thrown together
2 : to bring into casual association different kinds of people are thrown together— Richard Sennett



Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging
b(1) : an act of throwing dice
(2) : the number thrown with a cast of dice
c : a method of throwing an opponent in wrestling or judo
2 : the distance a missile may be thrown or light rays may be projected
3a : a light coverlet (as for a bed)
b : a woman's scarf or light wrap
4 : an undertaking involving chance or danger : risk, venture
5 : the amount of vertical displacement produced by a geological fault
6a : the extreme movement given to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam, crank, or eccentric : stroke
b : the length of the radius of a crank or the virtual crank radius of an eccentric or cam
a throw
: for each one : apiece copies are to be sold at $5 a throw— Harvey Breit

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Other Words from throw


thrower \ ˈthrō-​ər How to pronounce thrower (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for throw

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm. can throw a fastball and a curve cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering. cast it to the winds toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion. tossed the coat on the bed fling stresses a violent throwing. flung the ring back in his face hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight. hurled himself at the intruder pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target. pitch horseshoes sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim. slung the bag over his shoulder

Examples of throw in a Sentence

Verb She threw the ball to first base. We threw our hats in the air at the end of the ceremony. Let's see how far you can throw. You throw like a wimp. She threw her coat on the bed. Don't throw your trash on the ground. Throw it in the trash can. The wrestler threw his opponent to the mat. The crash threw the driver from the car. She was thrown from the horse. The storm threw the boat against a reef. Noun The quarterback made a perfect throw. He lost all his winnings on his last throw. a discus throw of 200 feet It's a long throw from center field to home plate.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The original sudoku book had been thrown into the trash at some point — with every puzzle completed except the last. Jennifer Pownall, New York Times, "The Blessing of Distraction," 13 May 2020 The mayor of Yaabed, Saed Zaid Kilani, said later that Israeli forces had arrested an entire family living in the home from which it was believed the rock had been thrown at Ben Ygal. David M. Halbfinger,, "Israeli soldier killed in West Bank as tensions rise over annexation push," 12 May 2020 Those financial benefits are being thrown into doubt amid restrictions on travel from China, and calls for a further clampdown. Isabel Reynolds,, "Japan’s Abe Says Olympics Won’t Be Postponed Amid Virus Fears," 10 May 2020 First, bottles and rocks were thrown around campus. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: Graduations, Congress, reopen, police, Disney, baseball, UFC," 10 May 2020 In those days, people were thrown on their own resources and had to think of something to do. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "World confronts pandemic shortages. Russians have been here before.," 7 May 2020 The man had been thrown to the ground, breaking his right hip and causing other injuries that required hospitalization, according to court documents. Ryan Vlahovich, azcentral, "Man arrested on first-degree murder charge after victim dies from hip fracture," 5 May 2020 Hercules Basically, every hunky actor with a following is being thrown around by Twitter stans. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Disney’s Hercules Is Getting a Live-Action Remake—And Twitter Users Have Some Casting Requests," 1 May 2020 But Claire’s world is thrown into chaos when Nalia and Ty disappear on the morning the family is supposed to evacuate the island. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "20 New Books to Gift This Mother’s Day," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hope is to rattle the opposing team’s free-throw shooters. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "A Good Sport Is Hard to Find, Especially in the NFL," 31 Jan. 2020 Gentzel earned first-team all-county honors last winter and also topped county players in free-throw percentage (82.1, 110-for-134). Pat Stoetzer,, "Winter Sports Previews: 3 things to watch for boys basketball," 9 Dec. 2019 The signal for a challenge must be made prior to the ball being given to a free-throw shooter, the ball being given to a player inbounding or a referee tossing a jump ball. Ira Winderman,, "Challenge now for Heat, Erik Spoelstra is mastering NBA’s new coach’s challenge," 7 Oct. 2019 Plagued by free-throw shooting woes in the Horizon title game, the Panthers cleaned up that aspect of their game, as well, making 19 of 28. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: UW-Milwaukee rampages to the Sweet 16," 22 Apr. 2020 Quickley would end his time in Lexington as the program's career leader in free-throw percentage (89.5%) among players with at least 200 attempts. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Immanuel Quickley entering NBA draft, ending Kentucky basketball career," 13 Apr. 2020 Wiley’s growth and desire to become a more reliable free-throw shooter was on full display following Auburn’s 83-79 win against Vanderbilt in January. Tom Green |, al, "The moments that defined Auburn basketball’s winningest senior class," 16 Mar. 2020 Her 1,178 points are 15th all-time and her free-throw percentage of 86.2 in 2011-12 is a single-season school record. Marvin Pave,, "Hull’s Ashleigh Condon developed her leadership skills on the court at Clark," 20 Feb. 2020 Ford in his first two seasons proved to be a three-point threat who rarely scored around the basket, didn’t get to the free-throw line frequently, wasn’t a tenacious rebounder and was inconsistent on defense. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Building a champion: The development of several players help UW win a share of the Big Ten title," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of throw


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for throw


Middle English thrawen, throwen to cause to twist, throw, from Old English thrāwan to cause to twist or turn; akin to Old High German drāen to turn, Latin terere to rub, Greek tribein to rub, tetrainein to bore, pierce

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16 May 2020

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“Throw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of throw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (something) to move out of your hand and through the air by quickly moving your arm forward
: to put (something) in a particular place in a careless or forceful way
: to cause (someone or something) to move suddenly or forcefully to or away from a particular place



English Language Learners Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of throwing something (such as a ball)
: an act of rolling dice
: the distance over which something is thrown or could be thrown


\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throw (audio) \
threw\ ˈthrü \; thrown\ ˈthrōn \; throwing

Kids Definition of throw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to send through the air with a quick forward motion of the arm Throw me a ball.
2 : to put suddenly in a certain position or condition Don't throw trash on the ground. They threw him in prison.
3 : to cause to fall The horse threw its rider.
4 : to put on or take off in a hurry Let me throw on a coat.
5 : to move (the body or part of the body) in a certain way I threw myself on the bed. He threw his arms around her.
6 : to move (as a window or switch) to an open or closed position
7 : to give by way of entertainment Let's throw a party!
throw away
1 : to get rid of : discard
2 : squander, waste Don't throw away your money.
throw out
1 : to get rid of Did you throw out the newspaper?
2 : to remove from a place, position, or participation The ref threw out two players.
3 : to give off The wire threw out sparks.
4 : to cause to project : extend He threw out his arms.
throw up

Other Words from throw

thrower noun



Kids Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of causing something to move with a motion of the arm
2 : the distance something is or may be sent with a motion of the arm

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throw, toss, and hurl mean to cause something to move swiftly through space often by using the arm. throw is the broadest word and can be used of almost any motion and driving force. The graduates threw their caps in the air. A crash threw the driver from the car. toss is used for a light or careless throwing of something. Let's toss a coin. He tossed the paper into the wastebasket. hurl is used when throwing with strong force. An angry mob hurled rocks.

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