case


1case

noun \ˈkās\

Definition of CASE

1
a :  a set of circumstances or conditions <is the statement true in all three cases>
b (1) :  a situation requiring investigation or action (as by the police)
(2) :  the object of investigation or consideration
2
:  condition; specifically :  condition of body or mind
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[Middle English cas, from Anglo-French, from Latin casus, translation of Greek ptōsis, literally, fall]
a :  an inflectional form of a noun, pronoun, or adjective indicating its grammatical relation to other words
b :  such a relation whether indicated by inflection or not
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:  what actually exists or happens :  fact <thought he had failed, but that wasn't the case>
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a :  a suit or action in law or equity
b (1) :  the evidence supporting a conclusion or judgment
(2) :  argument; especially :  a convincing argument <makes a good case for adopting the proposal>
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a :  an instance of disease or injury <a case of pneumonia>; also :  patient
b :  an instance that directs attention to a situation or exhibits it in action :  example
c :  a peculiar person :  character
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:  oneself considered as an object of harassment or criticism <get off my case>
in any case
:  without regard to or in spite of other considerations :  whatever else is done or is the case <war is inevitable in any case> <in any case the report will be made public next month>
in case
:  as a precaution <took an umbrella, just in case>
in case of
:  in the event of <in case of trouble, yell>

Origin of CASE

Middle English cas, from Anglo-French, from Latin casus fall, chance, from cadere to fall — more at chance
First Known Use: 13th century

2case

noun

Definition of CASE

1
a :  a box or receptacle for holding something
b :  a box together with its contents
c :  set; specifically :  pair
2
a :  an outer covering or housing <a pastry case>
b :  a tube into which the components of a round of ammunition are loaded
3
:  a divided tray for holding printing type
4
:  the frame of a door or window :  casing

Origin of CASE

Middle English cas, from Anglo-French case, chase, from Latin capsa chest, case, probably from capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 14th century

3case

verb

: to study or watch (a house, store, etc.) with plans to rob it

casedcas·ing

Full Definition of CASE

transitive verb
1
:  to enclose in or cover with or as if with a case :  encase
2
:  to line (as a well) with supporting material (as metal pipe)
3
:  to inspect or study especially with intent to rob

First Known Use of CASE

1575

case

noun \ˈkās\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CASE

1
: the circumstances and situation of a particular person or group
2
a : an instance of disease or injury <10 cases of pneumonia> b : patient 1

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