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Definitions of case

  1. look over, usually with the intention to rob; " They men cased the housed"
  2. ( law) 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"
  3. a portable container for carrying several objects; " the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
  4. a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
  5. bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; " the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"
  6. the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; " the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
  7. the housing or outer covering of something; " the clock has a walnut case"
  8. an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
  9. the actual state of things; " that was not the case"
  10. nouns or pronouns or adjectives ( often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
  11. a problem requiring investigation; " Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
  12. a person requiring professional services; " a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
  13. the quantity contained in a case
  14. 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"
  15. a special set of circumstances; " in that event, the first possibility is excluded"; " it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"
  16. 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"
  17. 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"
  18. 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"
  19. a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument; " he stated his case clearly"
  20. a specific state of mind that is temporary; " a case of the jitters"
  21. enclose in, or as if in, a case; " my feet were encased in mud"
  22. A box, sheath, or covering; as, a case for holding goods; a case for spectacles; the case of a watch; the case ( capsule) of a cartridge; a case ( cover) for a book.
  23. A box and its contents; the quantity contained in a box; as, a case of goods; a case of instruments.
  24. An inclosing frame; a casing; as, a door case; a window case.
  25. A small fissure which admits water to the workings.
  26. To cover or protect with, or as with, a case; to inclose.
  27. To strip the skin from; as, to case a box.
  28. Chance; accident; hap; opportunity.
  29. That which befalls, comes, or happens; an event; an instance; a circumstance, or all the circumstances; condition; state of things; affair; as, a strange case; a case of injustice; the case of the Indian tribes.
  30. A patient under treatment; an instance of sickness or injury; as, ten cases of fever; also, the history of a disease or injury.
  31. The matters of fact or conditions involved in a suit, as distinguished from the questions of law; a suit or action at law; a cause.
  32. One of the forms, or the inflections or changes of form, of a noun, pronoun, or adjective, which indicate its relation to other words, and in the aggregate constitute its declension; the relation which a noun or pronoun sustains to some other word.
  33. To propose hypothetical cases.
  34. A term that most often refers to a lawsuit -- for example, " I filed my small claims case." " Case" also refers to a written decision by a judge -- or for an appellate case, a panel of judges. For example, the U. S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion is commonly referred to as the Roe v. Wade case. Finally, the term also describes the evidence a party submits in support of her position -- for example, " I have made my case" or " 'My case- in- chief' has been completed."
  35. A shallow tray divided into compartments or boxes for holding type.
  36. A covering or container; a box with its contents; in carpentry, a frame or casing; accompanying circumstances; as, since that is the case, I shall let the matter drop; a certain form or instance of disease; a suit or action at law; one of the forms or inflections in the declension of a noun, pronoun, or adjective showing its relation to other words; as, the nominative case.
  37. To cover with, or inclose in, a case.
  38. A covering box or sheath.
  39. To put in a case or box.
  40. That which falls or happens: event: particular state or condition: subject of question or inquiry: statement of facts: ( gram.) the inflection of nouns, etc.
  41. An event; state or condition; statement; issue at law; inflection of nouns, & c.
  42. To cover with, or put in, a case.
  43. To cover with a case; incase.
  44. The state of things; condition; situation; instance; event; contingency; in law, a cause of action; a suit.
  45. The relation of a noun, pronoun, or adjective to other words.
  46. A covering in which something may be kept; quantity or number so contained; a set; a tray for holding type.
  47. A covering, box, or sheath; a receptacle for types; a quantity.
  48. That which falls or happens; an event, particular state, condition, or predicament of a person; an instance; question at issue; a cause or suit in court; change in the termination of a noun, & c., to express relation In case, in the event.
  49. To cover with or put in a case. To be in good case, to be in good condition of body.
  50. A covering; a box; a sheath; a frame; a certain quantity.
  51. To cover in; to put in a case or box.
  52. That which falls, comes, or happens; an event; condition or state in which any person or thing may chance to be; a question for discussion; a cause in a court; the inflection of nouns; in case, if it should so happen; in good case, in good condition or health of body.
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Usage examples for case

  1. " In that case we're better off where we are. – The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley by James Otis
  2. " Take him on Bibbs's case. – The Turmoil A Novel by Booth Tarkington
  3. In fact, they were in not much better case right now. – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster
  4. In that case, as we certainly don't mean to stay here, I'm going down. – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  5. In that case what king will be safe? – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume II (of X) - Rome by Various
  6. Mr. Daventry's first case. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  7. Perhaps it's just as well he did in this case though, but tell him not to let it happen again. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  8. That used to be the case some time before, but it has not been so for a long time. – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. In that case, it must be not at all. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  10. Atter de war we stayed on, case Marse wus good ter us an' 'cided dat we ain't got nowhar ter go. – Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2 by Work Projects Administration
  11. " In that case it's him, it's him. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  12. It's long enough since I saw that old case. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  13. And what will you do for him, in case he should give his uncle up for you? – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  14. R61795. Supplement to Ruling case law. – U.S. Copyright Renewals, 1950 January - June by U.S. Copyright Office
  15. But this was not Devereux's case. – The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  16. How was it in our case? – The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet by Kenneth Ward
  17. Never heard of such a thing as money in the case, did you? – Father Stafford by Anthony Hope
  18. The case was this, you see. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  19. He is with us in this case, you know. – The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
  20. Back for the case. – Delilah of the Snows by Harold Bindloss
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