• (noun): An instance of something; an occurrence; an example: a case of mistaken identity. See Synonyms at example.
  • (noun): An occurrence of a disease or disorder: a mild case of flu.
  • (noun): A set of circumstances or a state of affairs; a situation: It may rain, in which case the hike will be canceled.
  • (noun): Actual fact; reality: We suspected the walls were hollow, and this proved to be the case.
  • (noun): A question or problem; a matter: It is simply a case of honor.
  • (noun): A situation that requires investigation, especially by a formal or official body.
  • (noun): Law An action or a suit or just grounds for an action.
  • (noun): Law The facts or evidence offered in support of a claim.
  • (noun): A set of reasons or supporting facts; an argument: presented a good case for changing the law.
  • (noun): A person being assisted, treated, or studied, as by a physician, lawyer, or social worker.
  • (noun): Informal A peculiar or eccentric person; a character.
  • (noun): Linguistics 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.
  • (noun): Linguistics 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.
  • (idiom): in any case Regardless of what has occurred or will occur.
  • (idiom): in case If it happens that; if.
  • (idiom): in case As a precaution: took along an umbrella, just in case.
  • (idiom): in case of If there should happen to be: a number to call in case of emergency.
  • (idiom): off (someone's) case No longer nagging or urging someone to do something.
  • (idiom): on (someone's) case Persistently nagging or urging someone to do something.
  • (noun): A container; a receptacle: a jewelry case; meat-filled cases of dough.
  • (noun): A container with its contents.
  • (noun): A decorative or protective covering or cover.
  • (noun): A set or pair: a case of pistols.
  • (noun): The frame or framework of a window, door, or stairway.
  • (noun): The surface or outer layer of a metal alloy.
  • (noun): Printing A shallow compartmented tray for storing type or type matrices.
  • (verb-transitive): To put into or cover with a case; encase.
  • (verb-transitive): Slang To examine carefully, as in planning a crime: cased the bank before robbing it.

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  • (noun): a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
  • (noun): bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; "the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"
  • (noun): (printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers; "for English, a compositor will ordinarily have two such cases, the upper case containing the capitals and the lower case containing the small letters"
  • (noun): the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; "the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
  • (noun): the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case"
  • (noun): an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
  • (noun): a specific size and style of type within a type family
  • (noun): a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"
  • (noun): a specific state of mind that is temporary; "a case of the jitters"
  • (noun): nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
  • (noun): the quantity contained in a case
  • (noun): a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument; "he stated his case clearly"
  • (noun): a problem requiring investigation; "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
  • (noun): a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation; "the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly"; "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"
  • (noun): a person requiring professional services; "a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
  • (noun): a portable container for carrying several objects; "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
  • (noun): the actual state of things; "that was not the case"
  • (noun): a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord"
  • (noun): a special set of circumstances; "in that event, the first possibility is excluded"; "it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"
  • (noun): an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
  • (verb): enclose in, or as if in, a case; "my feet were encased in mud"
  • (verb): look over, usually with the intention to rob; "They men cased the housed"

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Example Sentences

  • In either case, the blood will reflow upon the heart, and dilate the left ventricle, as in _case the first_, and others; and, if the mitral valves be thickened and rigid, the left auricle will be more dilated than in a case of simple aneurism of the left ventricle, as appeared also in the _first case_.

  • Evidence and economic theory suggests that control of the Internet by the phone and cable companies would lead to blocking of competing technologies (as in theMadison River case), blocking of innovative technologiesthat may not even compete with the phone/cablecartel (according to Comcast itself, theComcast/BitTorrent case would be an example), andincreased spying on Internet users.

  • So, when we place a noun before a verb as actor or subject, we say it is in the _nominative case_; but when it follows a transitive verb or preposition, we say it has another _case_; that is, it assumes a new _position_ or _situation_ in the sentence: and this we call the _objective_ case.

  • +_Remember_+ that a noun or pronoun used as an _explanatory modifier_ is in the same case as the word which it explains, and that a noun or pronoun used _independently_ is in the _nominative case_.

  • If it be ‘case’ (I choose it as Jargon’s dearest child—‘in Heaven yclept Metonomy’) turn to the dictionary, if you will, and seek out what meaning can be derived from casus, its Latin ancestor: then try how, with a little trouble, you can extricate yourself from that case.

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