whatever the case (may be)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of whatever the case (may be)

: either way
  • The doctor may or may not have been at fault, but whatever the case (may be) the patient almost died.

Word by Word Definitions

whatever play
  1. : anything or everything that

  2. : no matter what

  3. : whatnot

  1. : any … that : all … that

  2. : no matter what

  3. : of any kind at all

  1. : in any case : whatever the case may be

case play
  1. : a set of circumstances or conditions

  2. : a situation requiring investigation or action (as by the police)

  3. : the object of investigation or consideration

  1. : a box or receptacle for holding something

  2. : a box together with its contents

  3. : set

  1. : to enclose in or cover with or as if with a case : encase

  2. : to line (something, such as a well) with supporting material (such as metal pipe)

  3. : to inspect or study especially with intent to rob

may play
  1. : have the ability to

  2. : have permission to : be free to

  3. used in auxiliary function to express a wish or desire especially in prayer, imprecation, or benediction

  1. : maiden

  1. : the fifth month of the Gregorian calendar

  2. : the early vigorous blooming part of human life : prime

  3. : the festivities of May Day


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