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cast

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1 a declaration that something will happen in the future
  • stock market analysts offered an optimistic cast for the coming year

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2 a property that becomes apparent when light falls on an object and by which things that are identical in form can be distinguished
  • the walls had a slight yellowish cast

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3 an instance of looking especially briefly
  • a mischievous cast in his eye when we asked what our destination would be

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4 facial appearance regarded as an indication of mood or feeling
  • his face took on a somewhat sad cast when we asked how his ill wife was faring

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5 the outward appearance of something as distinguished from its substance
  • the lovely cast of the baby's features

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cast

verb

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1 to throw or give off
  • spermaceti candles, made from whale oil, are known to cast an exceptionally bright light

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2 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
  • cast her eyes skyward for signs of the rescue plane

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3 to put (something) into proper and usually carefully worked out written form
  • carefully cast the letter of complaint as politely as possible

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4 to send through the air especially with a quick forward motion of the arm
  • cast a rock into the stream

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discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless. discard old clothes cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation. cast off her friends shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster. shed a bad habit finally sloughed off the depression scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form. scrap all the old ways would junk our educational system

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The first known use of cast was in the 13th century

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“Cast.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cast. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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