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1 something that encloses another thing especially to protect it
  • those binoculars come with their own case

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2 a covered rectangular container for storing or transporting things
  • a handy little cosmetics case that matches the rest of her luggage

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1 an individual awaiting or under medical care and treatment
  • her doctor wishes that all of his cases were as cooperative as she is

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2 one of a group or collection that shows what the whole is like
  • this is a perfect case of people jumping to the wrong conclusion before all the facts are known

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3 something that actually exists
  • this has never been the case before

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4 a statement given to explain a belief or act
  • you'll get a chance to make your case, but unless you're very convincing, your request will be denied

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5 a sudden experiencing of a physical or mental disorder
  • a young boy suffering from a case of chicken pox

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6 something that might happen
  • it may be the case that the cause of the fire will forever remain a mystery

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7 something that requires thought and skill for resolution
  • that's a tough case to solve

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Synonyms of case (Entry 3 of 3)

as in encompass, enclose

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Frequently Asked Questions About case

How is the word case distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of case are example, illustration, instance, sample, and specimen. While all these words mean "something that exhibits distinguishing characteristics in its category," case is used to direct attention to a real or assumed occurrence or situation that is to be considered, studied, or dealt with.

a case of mistaken identity

When would example be a good substitute for case?

While in some cases nearly identical to case, example applies to a typical, representative, or illustrative instance or case.

a typical example of bureaucratic waste

When is it sensible to use illustration instead of case?

While the synonyms illustration and case are close in meaning, illustration applies to an instance offered as a means of clarifying or illuminating a general statement.

a telling illustration of Murphy's Law

When could instance be used to replace case?

Although the words instance and case have much in common, instance applies to any individual person, act, or thing that may be offered to illustrate or explain.

an instance of history repeating itself

In what contexts can sample take the place of case?

The meanings of sample and case largely overlap; however, sample implies a part or unit taken at random from a larger whole and so presumed to be typical of its qualities.

show us a sample of your work

When might specimen be a better fit than case?

The synonyms specimen and case are sometimes interchangeable, but specimen applies to any example or sample whether representative or merely existent and available.

one of the finest specimens of the jeweler's art

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The first known use of case was before the 12th century

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“Case.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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