Definitions for casekeɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an instance of the occurrence, existence, etc., of something:

    a case of poor judgment.

  2. the actual state of things:

    That is not the case.

  3. situation; circumstance; plight:

    a sad case.

  4. a patient or client, as of a physician or social worker.

    Category: Sociology

  5. a specific occurrence or matter requiring discussion, decision, or investigation.

  6. a statement of facts, reasons, etc., used to support an argument.

  7. an instance of disease, injury, etc., requiring medical or surgical attention.

    Category: Medicine

  8. a suit or action at law; cause. a set of facts making up a claim or defense.

    Category: Law

  9. a category or set of categories in the inflection of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives indicating the syntactic relation of these words to other words in a sentence. the indication of such relations by other devices, as by the position of words in a sentence.

    Category: Grammar

  10. Informal. a peculiar or unusual person.

    Category: Informal

Idioms for case:

  1. get off someone's case,Slang. to stop nagging or criticizing someone.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom, Status (usage)

  2. in any case,regardless of circumstances; anyhow.

    Category: Idiom

  3. in case,if it should happen that; if.

    Category: Idiom

  4. in case of,in the event of; if there should be.

    Category: Idiom

  5. on someone's case,Informal. nagging or criticizing someone

    Category: Idiom

Origin of case:

1225–75; < AF, OF cas < L cāsus fall

casekeɪs(n.; v.)cased, cas•ing.

  1. (n.)a container for enclosing something, as for carrying or safekeeping; receptacle.

  2. a sheath or outer covering:

    a knife case.

  3. a box with its contents:

    a case of soda.

  4. the amount contained in a box or other container.

  5. a pair or couple; brace:

    a case of pistols.

  6. a surrounding frame or framework, as of a door.

    Category: Building Trades

  7. a completed book cover ready to be fitted to form the binding.

    Category: Printing

  8. a compartmented tray for holding printer's type, usu. arranged with one section

    Category: Printing

    Ref: ( upper case 1 ); ( lower case 1 )

  9. a cavity in the skull of a sperm whale, containing an oil from which spermaceti is obtained.

    Category: Zoology

  10. the hard outer part of a piece of casehardened steel.

    Category: Metallurgy

  11. (v.t.)to put or enclose in a case.

  12. Slang. to examine or survey (a house, bank, etc.) esp. in planning a crime (sometimes fol. by out).

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of case:

1250–1300; ME cas < AF cas(s)e, OF chasse < L capsa case for holding scrolls

Princeton's WordNet

  1. case, instance, example(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"

  2. event, case(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"

  3. lawsuit, suit, case, cause, causa(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"

  4. case(noun)

    the actual state of things

    "that was not the case"

  5. case(noun)

    a portable container for carrying several objects

    "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"

  6. case(noun)

    a person requiring professional services

    "a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"

  7. subject, case, guinea pig(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"

  8. case(noun)

    a problem requiring investigation

    "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"

  9. case(noun)

    a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument

    "he stated his case clearly"

  10. case, caseful(noun)

    the quantity contained in a case

  11. case, grammatical case(noun)

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

  12. case(noun)

    a specific state of mind that is temporary

    "a case of the jitters"

  13. character, eccentric, type, case(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"

  14. font, fount, typeface, face, case(noun)

    a specific size and style of type within a type family

  15. sheath, case(noun)

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

  16. shell, case, casing(noun)

    the housing or outer covering of something

    "the clock has a walnut case"

  17. casing, case(noun)

    the enclosing frame around a door or window opening

    "the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"

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

  19. case, pillowcase, slip, pillow slip(noun)

    bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow

    "the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"

  20. case, display case, showcase, vitrine(verb)

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

  21. case(verb)

    look over, usually with the intention to rob

    "They men cased the housed"

  22. encase, incase, case(verb)

    enclose in, or as if in, a case

    "my feet were encased in mud"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. case(noun)ɪs

    a situation or example of sth

    a case of mistaken identity; In some cases, people gave away all their money.; We like each other now, but that wasn't always the case.

  2. caseɪs

    in a situation sb is in

    In your father's case, the disease has not progressed too far.

  3. caseɪs

    the true situation

    Is it really the case that the economy is slowing?

  4. caseɪs

    an occasion when a disease appears

    several cases of flu/malaria

  5. caseɪs

    a criminal investigation

    an arson case

  6. caseɪs

    a legal matter before the court

    to win/lose a case; court cases

  7. caseɪs

    facts supporting one side of an argument

    the strong case against the defendant; the case for abortion rights

  8. caseɪs

    to have facts good enough to win an argument

    Do you think we have a case?

  9. caseɪs

    a container holding many things

    a case of beer; a jewelry case

  10. caseɪs

    a grammatical form of a word

    the accusative case

  11. caseɪs

    used to give an example

    The nuclear disaster is a case in point.

  12. caseɪs

    in order to be ready for sth

    I brought extra water in case it's hot.

  13. caseɪs

    if it is true that

    In case you didn't hear, the party was canceled.

  14. caseɪs

    in preparation for

    The City installed sirens in case of an attack.

  15. caseɪs

    indicates sth would be true whatever happens

    In any case, the animal would have to be killed to prevent the spread of disease.

  16. caseɪs

    if that is true

    "It's 6:30." "Well in that case, we should go home."

  17. caseɪs

    criticizing sb

    He's always on my case about my grades.

  18. caseɪs

    indicates you want sb to stop criticizing

Webster Dictionary

  1. Case(noun)

    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

  2. Case(noun)

    a box and its contents; the quantity contained in a box; as, a case of goods; a case of instruments

  3. Case(noun)

    a shallow tray divided into compartments or "boxes" for holding type

  4. Case(noun)

    an inclosing frame; a casing; as, a door case; a window case

  5. Case(noun)

    a small fissure which admits water to the workings

  6. Case(verb)

    to cover or protect with, or as with, a case; to inclose

  7. Case(verb)

    to strip the skin from; as, to case a box

  8. Case(noun)

    chance; accident; hap; opportunity

  9. Case(noun)

    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

  10. Case(noun)

    a patient under treatment; an instance of sickness or injury; as, ten cases of fever; also, the history of a disease or injury

  11. Case(noun)

    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

  12. Case(noun)

    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

  13. Case(verb)

    to propose hypothetical cases


  1. Case

    Case Woodard, stage name Case is a Grammy-nominated American R&B singer-songwriter.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. case

    1. An intelligence operation in its entirety. 2. Record of the development of an intelligence operation, including personnel, modus operandi, and objectives.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'case' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #185

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'case' in Written Corpus Frequency: #385

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'case' in Nouns Frequency: #15

Anagrams of case

  1. Aces, aces, æsc, ASCE, ESCA

Translations for case

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a container or outer covering

a case of medical instruments; a suitcase.

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