Definition of recast in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Give (a metal object) a different form by melting it down and reshaping it.

    • ‘This metal would be recast into additional cannon.’
    • ‘Police mounted a lengthy surveillance operation in the grounds of his home to look for signs that he was transporting the gold in small lots to Bristol where it was melted down and recast, prior to being sold.’
    • ‘In Buoy, he re-used the bells, recasting them into a fully working navigational buoy, which followed the routes once taken by Soviet submarines.’
    • ‘Those needing pretexts could preach national necessity when they tore down bells or walked off with plate that could be recast into guns or coinage.’
    • ‘The bell was melted down and recast, then rung carefully for special events.’
    • ‘The statue began life in the Presentation Convent in Milltown, Co Kerry, and was recast by sculptor Liam Moore.’
    • ‘He had achieved his object by sawing the bars into irregular pieces, collecting the sawdust in tough, plastic bags and melting and recasting some of the pieces as cubes in obviously home-made moulds.’
    • ‘The intricate work involved recasting the bronze crocodiles decorating the backs of the chairs, and a redesigned cornice.’
    adapt, turn, rework, reshape, refashion, remodel, remould
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    1. 1.1 Present or organize in a different form or style.
      ‘his doctoral thesis has been recast for the general reader’
      • ‘Our corrections are based on recasting the integral equations into a hierarchy of simpler integral equations that can be solved analytically.’
      • ‘It was Aeschylus who recast him as suffering hero and enemy of divine tyranny, crucified on a crag in the Caucasus where Zeus's eagle tore at his vitals.’
      • ‘I will now consider how the Promethean myth is recast in terms of modernity in the story of Frankenstein and the issues regarding male power this raises.’
      • ‘For some reason, writer-director George Daugherty chose to remove Peter and the Wolf from its Russian origins and recast it in a vaguely Swiss, northern European setting.’
      • ‘It jettisons the Femme Fatale, and recasts the role as a vulnerable, damaged, perpetually on-edge woman who is never in control.’
      • ‘Before his present comical manoeuvrings, he had made a series of thoughtful speeches on how Britishness could be recast for modern times, an issue of importance to unionists in every part of the UK.’
      • ‘It's as if the screenwriters have gone through the Gospels with a blue pencil, trying to recast the words so that we (the dummies in the audience) can accept them.’
      • ‘Sometime in the past generation or so, constitutional history was recast - turned on its head, really - as a story of judicial triumphalism.’
      • ‘The enthusiastic response convinced the Milanese Opera Board to recast La Scala as a classical company of international stature.’
      • ‘More than £40 million has been spent recasting a former steel foundry into a hi-tech adventure playground fit for the 21st century.’
      • ‘The key factor is how Iran and Russia transform their economies and recast their political orientations under the pressure of increasing globalization and economic interdependence.’
      • ‘Advances in information technology, such as the Internet, have created unprecedented opportunities for organizations to recast their relationships with constituents.’
      • ‘It was a knowledge that would allow him to impose a true revolution upon the generals and to recast the entire structure of the armed forces.’
      • ‘In fact, there's an important kind of creativity based on reorganizing, recasting and repositioning existing ideas and materials in new and unexpected ways that let us see new connections and see with ‘new eyes.’’
      • ‘Indeed, her loyalty is soon recast as selfless martyrdom.’
      • ‘The Algerian experience led the French government to recast its African presence in terms of a new political role.’
      • ‘And the demographics of the local population were recast - middle-class whites moved out and were replaced by lower-income Hispanic families.’
      • ‘Sartori's thesis is interesting for theoretical reasons because it recasts the literature on extended deterrence.’
      • ‘A recent major work by a distinguished journalist-historian on the Revolution recasts it as ‘a struggle for power’, blending the older explanations of Andrews and Beard while giving almost no attention to ideology.’
      • ‘I won't spoil what happens on Kane's return home (although some rock fans may be aware), but it recasts everything that came before in a different light.’
      • ‘Troy recasts the story as an adamantly human-scale and all-too-familiar drama full of lust, revenge and valour.’
      • ‘Sir Steven may well be the prototype of the modern revisionist historian who seeks to recast the history of Western civilization as a catalogue of abuses.’
      change, alteration, revolution, upheaval, transformation, metamorphosis, reorganization, restructuring, rearrangement, recasting, remodelling, renovation, restyling, variation
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  • 2Allocate the parts in (a play or film) to different actors.

    ‘there were moves to recast the play’
    • ‘Kaplan had the script rewritten, recast a couple of the lead roles, and scrapped everything his predecessor had shot.’
    • ‘She refused to appear, and Williams was left to recast the part.’
    • ‘When Amos and Andy went to television, it was wonderfully recast with black actors.’
    • ‘Television has intervened, of course, but you could still recast the popular soaps each week and still not make much of a dent in the Equity dole queue.’
    • ‘These are the two most significant changes to the new version, and they completely recast the film, I remember the first film as cold, brutal, and ugly, but the new version has been significantly changed in other respects.’
    • ‘The last time pay was at issue for the cast, back in 1998, Fox actually was considering recasting the show and had hired people to find new actors.’
    • ‘Yeah, 2 central parts were recast in mid-shooting.’
    • ‘After hanging up on her I walked from my hotel room to the main street in the small town in New Hampshire where we were filming and recast Kirsten's role with the first girl that I saw on the street.’
    • ‘But workaholic Woody ploughs on regardless - he has been known to recast and reshoot entire films before.’
    • ‘Now it's been recast with African-American actors and remade as Love Don't Cost a Thing.’
    • ‘Picture The Bad News Bears and the Mighty Ducks recast with actors from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Game of Death.’
    • ‘James Bond has to be recast every decade or so, new Starship crews must be recruited, or prequels devised to allow for fresh faces.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the director, Adam, is being pressured by a secret syndicate to recast his lead actress.’
    • ‘Fonda made her last film in 1990 and recast herself as Mrs Ted Turner.’
    emendation, correction, alteration, changing, adaptation, editing, copy-editing, rewriting, redrafting, recasting, rephrasing, reworking, updating, revamping
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