recast

"Let's start over." That's what someone might say when he or she needs to recast something, meaning "to make major changes that make something seem very different or even brand new."

When you recast something, you aren’t just improving it slightly — something that is recast typically involves significant changes to the original. As it applies to actors' parts in a movie, television show, or play, to recast a part means finding a different actor to play it. When you recast a metal item, like a piece of jewelry, the item is melted down completely and then remade in a new form. When teachers get blank stares from students, they recast their questions to make them less confusing.

Primary Meanings of recast

1.
v
cast again
2.
v
cast or model anew
3.
v
cast again, in a different role
Full Definitions of recast
1

v cast again

“The bell cracked and had to be recast
Synonyms:
remold, remould
Type of:
cast, mold, mould
form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
2

v cast or model anew

“She had to recast her image to please the electorate in her home state”
Synonyms:
reforge, remodel
Type of:
make over, redo, refashion, remake
make new
3

v cast again, in a different role

“He was recast as Iago”
Type of:
cast
select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet

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