cast a spell (on something)

cast a spell (on something)
cast a ˈspell (on sb/sth) idiom
to use words that are thought to be magic and have the power to change or influence sb/sth
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  • cast — cast1 [ kæst ] (past tense and past participle cast) verb *** ▸ 1 choose actor for part ▸ 2 describe someone as a type ▸ 3 look at someone/something ▸ 4 give light/a shadow ▸ 5 throw ▸ 6 move fishing line/net ▸ 7 make something in a mold ▸ 8 tell …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cast — I UK [kɑːst] / US [kæst] verb Word forms cast : present tense I/you/we/they cast he/she/it casts present participle casting past tense cast past participle cast *** 1) a) [transitive] to choose a performer for a particular part or for a… …   English dictionary

  • spell */*/ — I UK [spel] / US verb Word forms spell : present tense I/you/we/they spell he/she/it spells present participle spelling past tense spelt UK [spelt] or spelled past participle spelt or spelled 1) [transitive] to know the letters of a word in the… …   English dictionary

  • spell — [[t]spe̱l[/t]] ♦♦♦ spells, spelling, spelled, spelt (American English uses the form spelled as the past tense and past participle. British English uses either spelled or spelt.) 1) VERB When you spell a word, you write or speak each letter in the …   English dictionary

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  • cast — castable, adj. castability, n. /kast, kahst/, v., cast, casting, n., adj. v.t. 1. to throw or hurl; fling: The gambler cast the dice. 2. to throw off or away: He cast the advertisement in the wastebasket. 3. to direct (the eye, a glance, etc.),… …   Universalium

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