What is the meaning of case?


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


  • Look over, usually with the intention to rob.
    • usage: "They men cased the housed"
  • Enclose in, or as if in, a case.
    • usage: "my feet were encased in mud"
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APAWordNet. (2010). case. Retrieved May 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/case/definitions/1202370
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