[ verb ree-kast, -kahst; noun ree-kast, -kahst ]
/ verb riˈkæst, -ˈkɑst; noun ˈriˌkæst, -ˌkɑst /

verb (used with object), re·cast, re·cast·ing.

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

First recorded in 1890–95; re- + cast
Related formsre·cast·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recast


/ (riːˈkɑːst) /

verb -casts, -casting or -cast (tr)

(often foll by as) to give (someone or something) a new role, function, or characterrecast 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.

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