case meaning

[ keis ] Pronunciation:   "case" in a sentence
  • Noun: case  keys
    1. An occurrence of something
      "it was a case of bad judgment"
    Verb: case  keys
    1. Look over, usually with the intention to rob
      "The men cased the housed" 
    2. Enclose in, or as if in, a case
      - encase, incase

    Derived forms: casing, cased, cases

    Type of: adult, argument, bed linen, circumstance, close in, container, containerful, cover, covering, enclose, fact, frame of mind, framework, grammatical category, grownup, happening, housing, inclose, individual, inspect, legal proceeding, mortal, natural covering, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, person, problem, proceeding, proceedings, receptacle, shut in, somebody, someone, soul, state of mind, statement, syntactic category, type

    Part of: door, doorway, grandfather clock, longcase clock, room access, threshold, type family, window

    Encyclopedia: Case

  • [Architecture]

    To cover one building material with another.


    Same as casing, 1.


    The housing containing a lock mechanism.


    A unit in which food is displayed and protected; often partially constructed of clear glass or plastic and thermally insulated; usually counter-top or wall-mounted.

  • [Business]
    noun [C]


    1 (Law )

    a question to be decided in court:

    The case was settled out of court.

    A group of foreign creditors has brought a bankruptcy case against the company.

    This is likely to become a test case for the new laws on online selling.

    2 [usually sing.]

    a set of facts or arguments that support one side in a court, discussion, etc:

    Customers who lost money have a good case for compensation.

    The report makes out a strong case (= gives good arguments) for spending more money on research.


    a container or covering used to protect or store things; a container with its contents or the amount that it contains:

    a packing case (= a large wooden box for packing things in)

    a case of champagne

    (= 12 bottles in a box)


    a suitcase

  • [Defence]

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

  • [Engineering]
    "An item designed to hold a specific item in a fixed position by virtue of conforming dimensions or attachments, the item which it contains is complete in itself for removal and use outside the container."


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  1. that's part of my case against marriage.
  2. latin nouns have case, number and gender.
  3. the principle is inapplicable to the case.
  4. in case it should rain, do n't expect me.
  5. she argued her side of the case well.

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