I don't understand the meaning of the word "cast".

Specifically, for example, in this phrase:

"Cast the approval"

I've never seen this phrase before.

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    Can you please tell us where you saw this phrase, and if possible provide a complete sentence and/or a link to it?
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Nov 4, 2019 at 4:13
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    At first glance, it looks like either a typo of some sort, or you have mis-identified which words belong where, i.e. this isn't a phrase.
    – MikeB
    Commented Nov 4, 2019 at 11:13

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It's fairly common to use cast in this context, but perhaps not immediately obvious what it means.

When we use the word "cast" as a verb, it's hard to put ones finger on a cover-all definition, but lets start of with the google definition:

Cast [literal] to throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction.

You may have heard the phrase:

"Cast your vote"

I bring this up just because it's a much more common use of the word, which has the same general meaning as cast the approval, which I haven't heard used as a phrase before.

Taking the literal definition we can ascertain the metaphorical definition by just replacing the verb (throw).

I.e. cast your vote would be to vote [forcefully] in a specified direction.

I put forcefully in brackets as I don't think this is necessarily true in the metaphorical definition.

Now, to answer your original question I would assume (although it's hard to say without further context) that it means:

to approve [forcefully] in a specified direction

This is why it feels unnatural. Approving is already a "direction". However, common phrases also include cast your mind back, and cast doubt [upon something]. So it seems that the rigorous definition has been warped with time to just mean that it is doing the verb which the phrase describes. Therefore I would say:

To cast approval is just to approve.

Of course, this is mostly speculation on my part. As you can see, definitions seem to not be very rigorous.

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