case·​work | \ ˈkās-ˌwərk How to pronounce casework (audio) \

Definition of casework

: social work involving direct consideration of the problems, needs, and adjustments of the individual case (such as a person or family)

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caseworker \ ˈkās-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce caseworker (audio) \ noun

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The hotel’s design evokes both Scandinavian and Japanese vibes, with lots of Baltic birch casework, high ceilings, and polished concrete floors. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Denver’s Coolest Bars, Restaurants, and Shops Are All in This One Neighborhood," 6 Nov. 2018 Diane's new work as a partner at a predominantly black firm provides a bounty of topical casework in an era rife with outrage and high-tech lawlessness. Author: Hank Stuever, Anchorage Daily News, "Summer is the right time for those TV shows you’ve heard about, but never got around to watching," 14 June 2018 Mahogany casework and cork floors enhance the main floor, which holds a step-down living room, dining area and kitchen. Jack Flemming,, "‘Moonlight’ star Mahershala Ali snaps up L.A. home with contemporary allure," 13 June 2018 The traditional methods used in routine casework simply will not work on these extreme case scenarios . . Cristela Guerra,, "The MFA, the FBI, and the 4,000-year-old mummy," 25 Apr. 2018 Female members of Congress are more likely to emphasize constituent services — communicating with voters and placing more staffers in district offices (which allows them to perform more casework). Danny Hayes, Washington Post, "Do women in Congress work harder than their male colleagues?," 8 Mar. 2018 But their counterparts in Virginia and the F.B.I.’s Washington Field Office have already been handling most of the casework related to the killings of American hostages in Syria, according to an official familiar with the deliberations. Adam Goldman, Eric Schmitt And Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Britain Presses U.S. to Avoid Death Penalty for ISIS Suspects," 28 Feb. 2018 Contents that had to be removed from Lemm Elementary included casework, drywall and flooring material, furniture, damaged equipment, books and paper goods. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Klein ISD's Lemm Elementary pupils adjust to life after Harvey," 22 Dec. 2017 Lori Gladson, a casework manager in the Peoria area, said the problems with the new system extend well beyond applicants simply missing deadlines. Greg Trotter,, "Food stamp benefits disrupted for thousands as state launches new eligibility system," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of casework

1892, in the meaning defined above

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case system






cash account

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The first known use of casework was in 1892

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English Language Learners Definition of casework

: the work done by a social worker to help fix the problems of a person or family


case·​work | \ ˈkā-ˌswərk How to pronounce casework (audio) \

Medical Definition of casework

: social work involving direct consideration of the problems, needs, and adjustments of the individual case (as a person or family in need of financial or psychiatric aid)

Other Words from casework

caseworker \ -​ˌswər-​kər How to pronounce caseworker (audio) \ noun

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a strong desire or propensity

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