Definition of typecast in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪpkɑːst/

verb (past and past participle typecast)

[with object]
1Assign (an actor or actress) repeatedly to the same type of role, as a result of the appropriateness of their appearance or previous success in such roles: he tends to be typecast as the caring, intelligent male
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  • Just as young actresses who are typecast get more film roles, a person pegged as a retail banking marketing assistant will find it easier to get a new job than someone with more general marketing experience.
  • Between Koma and The Eye Angelica Lee is running the risk of being typecast as the organ-transplant actress.
  • Western actors are routinely typecast into two roles in Korea evil American GIs/officials and comic relief.
1.1Represent or regard (a person or their role) as fitting a particular stereotype: people are not as likely to be typecast by their accents as they once were
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  • ‘A lot of people have wanted to typecast me as an Asian-inspired designer, but that alone doesn't really define what I do,’ she says.
  • The evidence should convert any jaded industry people that still typecast him as ‘that rock guy from Triumph.’
  • Three or four years had gone by, and people immediately tried to typecast me.
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