[ US /ˈkeɪs/ ]
[ UK /kˈe‍ɪs/ ]
  1. 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
  2. an occurrence of something
    another instance occurred yesterday
    it was a case of bad judgment
    but there is always the famous example of the Smiths
  3. a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
  4. the housing or outer covering of something
    the clock has a walnut case
  5. a problem requiring investigation
    Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir
  6. a specific state of mind that is temporary
    a case of the jitters
  7. a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
    a friendly eccentric
    the capable type
    a real character
    a strange character
    a mental case
  8. (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
  9. bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
    the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase
  10. a special set of circumstances
    in that event, the first possibility is excluded
    it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled
  11. an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
  12. 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
  13. nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
  14. the quantity contained in a case
  15. the enclosing frame around a door or window opening
    the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced
  16. a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument
    he stated his case clearly
  17. a specific size and style of type within a type family
  18. the actual state of things
    that was not the case
  19. a portable container for carrying several objects
    the musicians left their instrument cases backstage
  20. a person requiring professional services
    a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor
  1. enclose in, or as if in, a case
    my feet were encased in mud
  2. look over, usually with the intention to rob
    They men cased the housed
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How To Use case In A Sentence

  • We carried spare water for the rad, a hand pump just in case the Dunlop pressure dropped, and maybe even a canister of petrol.
  • Add the toasted almond slivers and mix well before turning into the pastry case. Times, Sunday Times
  • She was carrying her overnight case and a basket of dried flowers-statice, strawflower, and immortelle in the pastel colors referred to in seed catalogues as "art shades": fawn, apricot, mauve, and pale yellow. Incubus
  • In any event, when making a case against the indivisibility of Sinitic, it is not necessary to rebut each of these "common" features individually, since they are largely or wholly extralinguistic. Language Log
  • Looking through the casement was the visage of the mariner, no longer stern, but moved with unutterable emotion, and tears, yes, tears trickling down his weather-beaten cheeks. Edward Barnett; a Neglected Child of South Carolina, Who Rose to Be a Peer of Great Britain,—and the Stormy Life of His Grandfather, Captain Williams or, The Earle's Victims: with an Account of the Terrible End of the Proud Earl De Montford, the Lamen
  • They do not strengthen their case by repeating their horror. Times, Sunday Times
  • In each case the company's contributions are deductible for tax, and income on the investments is free of tax. Principles of Corporate Finance
  • So, while the average cup of decaf contains between 6 and 10 milligrams of caffeine per serving, the regulation allows for "decaf" coffee to contain much higher levels of the stimulant, at least 30 milligrams in some cases, according to Undefined
  • They are hired to crack a safe, photograph the contents of a locked briefcase inside, and return it to the owner without him knowing.
  • Soon the seeds in the inflated seed cases of the yellow rattle will be hard and rattle at a brush.
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