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[verb ree-kast, -kahst; noun ree-kast, -kahst] /verb riˈkæst, -ˈkɑst; noun ˈriˌkæst, -ˌkɑst/
verb (used with object), recast, recasting.
to cast again or anew.
to form, fashion, or arrange again.
to remodel or reconstruct (a literary work, document, sentence, etc.).
to supply (a theater or opera work) with a new cast.
a recasting.
a new form produced by recasting.
Origin of recast
1890-95; re- + cast
Related forms
recaster, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • His philosophy of general history is recast, and in many respects changed; we cannot but say, greatly for the worse.

    August Comte and Positivism John-Stuart Mill
  • But they could not, for the very reasons that had induced me to recast it, and they declined it.

    Old Familiar Faces Theodore Watts-Dunton
  • He would have recast it, less for himself than for the benefit of mankind.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
  • Our conception of the nature of the contest in which we are engaged must be recast.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • The metal of all such fabrics needs to be recast from time to time, as forms and fashions change.

British Dictionary definitions for recast


verb (transitive) -casts, -casting, -cast
(often foll by as) to give (someone or something) a new role, function, or character: recast themselves as moderate and kind
(often foll by as) to cast (an actor or actress) again or in a different part
to cast new actors or actresses for a production of (a play, film, etc)
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Word Origin and History for recast

c.1600, from re- + cast (v.). Of literary works and other writing, from 1790. Theater sense is from 1951.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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