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From re- +‎ cast.


  • (verb) enPR: rē-käst', rē-kăst', IPA(key): /ɹiːˈkɑːst/, /ɹiːˈkæst/
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  • (noun) enPR: rē'käst, rē'kăst, IPA(key): /ˈɹiːkɑːst/, /ˈɹiːkæst/
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recast (third-person singular simple present recasts, present participle recasting, simple past and past participle recast)

  1. To cast or throw again.
  2. To mould again.
    The whole bell had to be recast although it had only one tiny, hardly visible crack.
  3. To reproduce in a new form.
    • 1999, Sigmund Freud, translated by Joyce Crick, The Interpretation of Dreams, Oxford, published 2008, page 33:
      Our conception of the world rises in us as our intellect recasts [translating umgiesst] the impressions it receives from without into the forms of time, space, and causality.
    • 2023 October 4, “Network News: Fife services in line for boost after Levenmouth opening?”, in RAIL, number 993, page 8:
      ScotRail is seeking the views of the public before recasting its Edinburgh/Perth/Dundee passenger timetable in 2025, once the reopened Levenmouth line has bedded in.
  4. (transitive, film, theater) To assign (roles in a play or performance) to different actors.
    • 2002, Robert C. Allen, To Be Continued...: Soap Operas Around the World, Routledge, →ISBN, page 153:
      According to As the World Turns producer, Michael Laibson, the decision was made to recast the role, because the producers and writers felt it would annoy the audience to have Betsy discontinued so soon after her long-delayed marriage []
  5. (transitive, film, theater) To assign (actors) to different roles.
    She was recast as the villain.


recast (plural recasts)

  1. The act or process of recasting.
  2. (linguistics) An utterance translated into another grammatical form.
    Adults may use recasts to suggest corrections to mistakes in children's speech.