Case meaning

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A question or problem; a matter.

It is simply a case of honor.

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An instance or occurrence of a particular kind or category.

A case of mistaken identity.

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An occurrence of a disease or disorder.

A mild case of flu.

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A set of circumstances or a state of affairs; a situation.

It may rain, in which case the hike will be canceled.

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A person being assisted, treated, or studied, as by a physician, lawyer, or social worker.
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The definition of a case is a holder for something or an instance of something happening.

An example of a case is a piece of luggage.

An example of a case is a medical condition such as a case of chickenpox.

An example of a case are the facts in a legal action.

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Actual fact; reality.

We suspected the walls were hollow, and this proved to be the case.

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A situation that requires investigation, especially by a formal or official body.
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A set of reasons or supporting facts; an argument.

Presented a good case for changing the law.

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(informal) A peculiar or eccentric person; a character.
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A container with its contents.
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A decorative or protective covering or cover.
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An example, instance, or occurrence.

A case of carelessness, a case of measles.

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A container; a receptacle.

A jewelry case; meat-filled cases of dough.

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A set or pair.

A case of pistols.

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The frame or framework of a window, door, or stairway.
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The surface or outer layer of a metal alloy.
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To put into or cover with a case; encase.
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(slang) To examine carefully, as in planning a crime.

Cased the bank before robbing it.

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A person being treated or helped, as by a doctor or social worker.
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Any individual or matter requiring or undergoing official or formal observation, study, investigation, etc.
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A statement of the facts or circumstances, as in a law court, esp. the argument of one side.

The case for the defendant.

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Supporting or convincing arguments or evidence; proper grounds for a statement or action.

He has no case.

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A matter or issue decided by a judge or in a court of law, specif. one studied or cited as a precedent.
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(informal) A peculiar or eccentric person.
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(informal) An infatuation; crush.
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(slang) To look over carefully, esp. in preparation for an intended robbery.
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A container, as a box, crate, chest, sheath, or folder.
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A protective cover or covering part.

A leather case, seedcase.

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A full box or its contents.

A case of beer.

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A set or pair.

A case of pistols.

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A frame as for a window or door.
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A shallow compartmented tray in which printing type is kept.
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To put into a container.
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To cover or enclose.
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(1) See computer case.
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An action, cause of action, controversy, proceeding, or suit at law or in equity filed with a court.
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Same as trespass on the case. See trespass.
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The aggregate of the evidence presented at trial by a party in support of their argument or position.
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A case that is proceeding towards resolution or trial or is under the particular or immediate attention of the court. Also called instant case and present case. See also bar and sub judice.
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The primary case presented by a party that satisfies that party’s initial burden of proof, as distinguished from the “rebuttal case”.
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A previously decided case with facts or legal issues that were similar or comparable to those in a case at bar. See also precedent.
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A case that presents a legal issue that has never been considered or decided by any court in that jurisdiction. See also stare decisis.
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A case initiated or selected from a group of cases that involve the same or substantially similar facts and questions of law for the purpose of testing the constitutionality of a law or establishing an important legal principle.
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The evidence presented at trial by a party that is sufficient to satisfy the party’s burden of proof and to allow the fact-finder to decide the case in that party’s favor. See also verdict, dismissal, and nonsuit.
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The evidence presented at trial by the plaintiff or prosecution to contradict the evidence presented during the defendant’s case in chief.
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The evidence presented at trial by the defendant to contradict the evidence presented in the plaintiff’s or prosecution’s rebuttal case.
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For a change, in this case, he was telling the truth. It is not the case that every unfamiliar phrase is an idiom. In case of fire, break glass. [sign on fire extinguisher holder in public space]
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(now rare) A given condition or state.
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A piece of work, specifically defined within a profession.

It was one of the detective's easiest cases. Social workers should work on a maximum of forty active cases. The doctor told us of an interesting case he had treated that morning.

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(academia) An instance or event as a topic of study.

The teaching consists of theory lessons and case studies.

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(law) A legal proceeding, lawsuit.
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(grammar) A specific inflection of a word depending on its function in the sentence.

The accusative case canonically indicates a direct object. Latin has six cases, and remnants of a seventh.

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(grammar, uncountable) Grammatical cases and their meanings taken either as a topic in general or within a specific language.

Jane has been studying case in Caucasian languages. Latin is a language that employs case.

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(medicine) An instance of a specific condition or set of symptoms.

There were another five cases reported overnight.

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(computing, programming) A section of code representing one of the actions of a conditional switch.
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(obsolete) To propose hypothetical cases.
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A box that contains or can contain a number of identical items of manufacture.
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A box, sheath, or covering generally.

A case for spectacles; the case of a watch.

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A piece of luggage that can be used to transport an apparatus such as a sewing machine.
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An enclosing frame or casing.

A door case; a window case.

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A piece of furniture, constructed partially of transparent glass or plastic, within which items can be displayed.
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The outer covering or framework of a piece of apparatus such as a computer.
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(printing, historical) A shallow tray divided into compartments or "boxes" for holding type, traditionally arranged in sets of two, the "upper case" (containing capitals, small capitals, accented) and "lower case" (small letters, figures, punctuation marks, quadrats, and spaces).
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(typography, by extension) The nature of a piece of alphabetic type, whether a “capital” (upper case) or “small” (lower case) letter.
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(poker slang) Four of a kind.
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(US) A unit of liquid measure used to measure sales in the beverage industry, equivalent to 192 fluid ounces.
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(mining) A small fissure which admits water into the workings.

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(poker slang) The last remaining card of a particular rank.

He drew the case eight!

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To place (an item or items of manufacture) into a box, as in preparation for shipment.
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To cover or protect with, or as if with, a case; to enclose.
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(informal) To survey (a building or other location) surreptitiously, as in preparation for a robbery.
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in any case
  • Regardless of what has occurred or will occur.
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in case
  • If it happens that; if.
  • As a precaution:
    Took along an umbrella, just in case.
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in case of
  • If there should happen to be:
    A number to call in case of emergency.
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off (someone's) case
  • No longer nagging or urging someone to do something.
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on (someone's) case
  • Persistently nagging or urging someone to do something.
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get on (or off) someone's case
  • to start (or stop) intruding in another's affairs
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in any case
  • no matter what else may be true; anyhow
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in case
  • in the event that; if
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in case of
  • in the event of; if there should happen to be
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in no case
  • by no means; not under any circumstances; never
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

off (someone's) case
on (someone's) case
get on (<i>or</i> off) someone's case
in no case

Origin of case

  • Middle English cas from Old French from Latin cāsus from past participle of cadere to fall kad- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Norman French casse from Latin capsa

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English cas, from Old French cas (“an event”), from Latin casus (“a falling, a fall; accident, event, occurrence; occasion, opportunity; noun case”), perfect passive participle of cado (“to fall, to drop”), from Proto-Indo-European *kad- (“to fall”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English cas, from Old Northern French casse, Old French chasse (“box, chest, case”), from Latin capsa (“box, bookcase”), from capio (“to take, seize, hold”).

    From Wiktionary