Definition of case
(Entry 1 of 3)
1a : 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) Her disappearance is a case for the police.
(2) : the object of investigation or consideration The child's case was turned over to state authorities.
2 : condition specifically : condition of body or mind
3 [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 the possessive case
b : such a relation whether indicated by inflection or not
4 : what actually exists or happens : fact thought he had failed, but that wasn't the case
5a : a suit or action in law or equity a criminal case a civil case
b(1) : the evidence supporting a conclusion or judgment
(2) : argument especially : a convincing argument makes a good case for adopting the proposal
6a : an instance of disease or injury a case of pneumonia also : patient Dr. Berg's cases
b : an instance that directs attention to a situation or exhibits it in action : example
c : a peculiar person : character The gangsters were hard cases.
7 : oneself considered as an object of harassment or criticism get off my case
in any casein casein case of
: 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
: as a precaution took an umbrella, just in case
: in the event of in case of trouble, yell
Definition of case (Entry 2 of 3)
1a : a box or receptacle for holding something a display case in a museum
b : a box together with its contents a case of beer
2a : 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
Definition of case (Entry 3 of 3)
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