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tr.v. type·cast, type·cast·ing, type·casts
1. To cast (a performer) based on personality, background, or physical appearance: "His six-foot-one frame and dark good looks attracted the attention of filmmakers who typecast him as a heavy" (Linda Mizejewski).
2. To cast (a performer) in a role or roles similar to those he or she has played in the past: "After his success in Joan of Arc, [José Ferrer] knew that Hollywood would want to typecast him as neurotics and villains. (Dennis Brown).
3. To cause (a performer) to be cast repeatedly in similar roles: "Her musical talent and brassy projection had been successful on Broadway, but her hard features made her look less attractive on screen and typecast her as a nasty, greedy, raddled woman" (Jeffrey Meyers).
4. To perceive or represent in reductive or stereotyped ways: "Almost all of the animals we typically typecast as 'predators' just as readily take the ailing and half-dead and the (preferably fresh) dead" (Bernd Heinrich). "By relegating Goethe to classicism as strongly as he does, Nietzsche is able to typecast him, to reduce him to a singular role even as he elevates him for the strength and discipline required to adhere to classical standards" (Adrian Del Caro).
vb, -casts, -casting or -cast
(Film) (tr) to cast (an actor) in the same kind of role continually, esp because of his physical appearance or previous success in such roles
v. -cast, -cast•ing,
adj. Print. v.t., v.i.
1. to cast (type).adj.
2. (of text to be printed) having the type already cast.
v.t. -cast, -cast•ing.
1. to cast (an actor) in a role that matches the actor's physique, personality, etc.
2. to cast (an actor) repeatedly or exclusively in the same kind of role.
Past participle: typecast
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|Verb||1.||typecast - cast repeatedly in the same kind of role|
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
cast - select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet; "He cast a young woman in the role of Desdemona"
|2.||typecast - identify as belonging to a certain type; "Such people can practically be typed"|
identify - consider to be equal or the same; "He identified his brother as one of the fugitives"