Definition of Case in English :

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Case meaning in English

Meaning of Case in English

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1. case, example, instance

an occurrence of something

Example Sentences:
'it was a case of bad judgment'
'another instance occurred yesterday'
'but there is always the famous example of the Smiths'

2. case, event

a special set of circumstances

Example Sentences:
'in that event, the first possibility is excluded'
'it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled'

3. case, causa, cause, lawsuit, suit

a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

Example Sentences:
'the family brought suit against the landlord'

4. case

the actual state of things

Example Sentences:
'that was not the case'

5. case

a portable container for carrying several objects

Example Sentences:
'the musicians left their instrument cases backstage'

6. case

a person requiring professional services

Example Sentences:
'a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor'

7. case, guinea pig, subject

a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation

Example Sentences:
'the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly'
'the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities'

8. case

a problem requiring investigation

Example Sentences:
'Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir'

9. case

a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument

Example Sentences:
'he stated his case clearly'

10. case, caseful

the quantity contained in a case

11. case, grammatical case

nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence

12. case

a specific state of mind that is temporary

Example Sentences:
'a case of the jitters'

13. case, character, eccentric, type

a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)

Example Sentences:
'a real character'
'a strange character'
'a friendly eccentric'
'the capable type'
'a mental case'

14. case, face, font, fount, typeface

a specific size and style of type within a type family

15. case, sheath

an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part

16. case, casing, shell

the housing or outer covering of something

Example Sentences:
'the clock has a walnut case'

17. case, casing

the enclosing frame around a door or window opening

Example Sentences:
'the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced'

18. case, compositor's case, typesetter's case

(printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers

Example Sentences:
'for English, a compositor will ordinarily have two such cases, the upper case containing the capitals and the lower case containing the small letters'

19. case, pillow slip, pillowcase, slip

bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow

Example Sentences:
'the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase'

20. case, display case, showcase, vitrine

a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home


21. case

look over, usually with the intention to rob

Example Sentences:
'They men cased the housed'

22. case, encase, incase

enclose in, or as if in, a case

Example Sentences:
'my feet were encased in mud'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of case
a single instance, occurrence, or example of something
an instance of disease, injury, hardship, etc
a question or matter for discussion
the case before the committee
a specific condition or state of affairs; situation
a set of arguments supporting a particular action, cause, etc
a person attended or served by a doctor, social worker, solicitor, etc; patient or client
(as modifier)
a case study
an action or suit at law or something that forms sufficient grounds for bringing an action
he has a good case
the evidence offered in court to support a claim
8. grammar
a set of grammatical categories of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives, marked by inflection in some languages, indicating the relation of the noun, adjective, or pronoun to other words in the sentence
any one of these categories
the nominative case
9. informal
a person in or regarded as being in a specified condition
the accident victim was a hospital case
10. informal
a person of a specified character (esp in the phrase a hard case)
11. informal
an odd person; eccentric
12. US informal
love or infatuation
13.  short for case shot, canister (sense 2b)
14.  as the case may be
15.  in any case
16.  in case
17.  in case of
18.  in no case
a container, such as a box or chest
(in combination)
an outer cover or sheath, esp for a watch
a receptacle and its contents
a case of ammunition
a pair or brace, esp of pistols
5. architecture another word for casing (sense 3)
a completed cover ready to be fastened to a book to form its binding
7. printing
a tray divided into many compartments in which a compositor keeps individual metal types of a particular size and style. Cases were originally used in pairs, one (the upper case) for capitals, the other (the lower case) for small letters
See also upper case, lower case
8. metallurgy
the surface of a piece of steel that has been case-hardened
verb (transitive)
to put into or cover with a case
to case the machinery
10. slang
to inspect carefully (esp a place to be robbed)

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see synonyms of case
an example, instance, or occurrence
a case of carelessness, a case of measles
a person being treated or helped, as by a doctor or social worker
any individual or matter requiring or undergoing official or formal observation, study, investigation, etc.
a statement of the facts or circumstances, as in a law court, esp. the argument of one side
the case for the defendant
supporting or convincing arguments or evidence; proper grounds for a statement or action
he has no case
a legal action or suit, esp. one studied or cited as a precedent
7.  US, Informal
a peculiar or eccentric person
8.  US, Informal
an infatuation; crush
9.  Grammar
the syntactic relationship shown in highly inflected languages such as German and Latin by changes in the form of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives
the form that a noun, pronoun, or adjective takes to show such relationship
any of the sets of such forms
the accusative case
in Modern English and other languages with relatively few inflections, such a relationship, whether expressed by word order or by inflected forms; also, any of these forms or sets of forms, esp. the Modern English subjective, objective, and possessive forms of pronouns and possessive form of nouns
verb transitiveWord forms: cased or ˈcasing
10.  US, Slang
to look over carefully, esp. in preparation for an intended robbery
a container, as a box, crate, chest, sheath, or folder
a protective cover or covering part
a leather case, seedcase
a full box or its contents
a case of beer
a set or pair
a case of pistols
a frame as for a window or door
a shallow compartmented tray in which printing type is kept
verb transitiveWord forms: cased or ˈcasing
to put into a container
to cover or enclose

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of case
1. An instance or occurrence of a particular kind or category: a case of mistaken identity. See Synonyms at example.
2. An occurrence of a disease or disorder: a mild case of flu.
3. A set of circumstances or a state of affairs; a situation: It may rain, in which case the hike will be canceled.
4. Actual fact; reality: We suspected the walls were hollow, and this proved to be the case.
5. A question or problem; a matter: It is simply a case of honor.
6. A situation that requires investigation, especially by a formal or official body.
7. Law
a. An action or a suit or just grounds for an action.
b. The facts or evidence offered in support of a claim.
8. A set of reasons or supporting facts; an argument: presented a good case for changing the law.
9. A person being assisted, treated, or studied, as by a physician, lawyer, or social worker.
10. Informal A peculiar or eccentric person; a character.
11. Linguistics
a. In traditional grammar, a distinct form of a noun, pronoun, or modifier that is used to express one or more particular syntactic relationships to other words in a sentence.
b. Case In some varieties of generative grammar, the thematic or semantic role of a noun phrase as represented abstractly but not necessarily indicated overtly in surface structure. In such frameworks, nouns in English have Case even in the absence of inflectional case endings.
1. A container; a receptacle: a jewelry case; meat-filled cases of dough.
2. A container with its contents.
3. A decorative or protective covering or cover.
4. A set or pair: a case of pistols.
5. The frame or framework of a window, door, or stairway.
6. The surface or outer layer of a metal alloy.
7. Printing
a. A shallow compartmented tray for storing type or type matrices.
b. The form of a written, printed, or keyed letter that distinguishes it as being lowercase or uppercase: typed the password using the wrong case.
tr.v. cased, cas·ing, cas·es
1. To put into or cover with a case; encase.
2. Slang To examine carefully, as in planning a crime: cased the bank before robbing it.

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