(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (poker slang) The last remaining card of a particular rank.

- He drew the case eight!


1. an occurrence of something

- it was a case of bad judgment

Similar word(s): example, instance

Definition categories: event, happening, occurrence, occurrent

2. a special set of circumstances

- it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled

Similar word(s): event

Definition categories: state, circumstance

3. a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

Similar word(s): cause, lawsuit, suit

Definition categories: act, proceeding, proceedings

4. the actual state of things

- that was not the case

Definition categories: thought, fact

5. a portable container for carrying several objects

- the musicians left their instrument cases backstage

Definition categories: man–made, container

6. a person requiring professional services

- a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul

7. a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation

- the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities

Similar word(s): subject

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul

8. a problem requiring investigation

- Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir

Definition categories: communication, problem

9. a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument

- he stated his case clearly

Definition categories: communication, argument, statement

10. the quantity contained in a case

Similar word(s): caseful

Definition categories: quantity, containerful

11. nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence

Definition categories: communication

12. a specific state of mind that is temporary

- a case of the jitters

Definition categories: state

13. a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)

- a mental case

Similar word(s): character, eccentric, type

Definition categories: person, adult, grownup

14. a specific size and style of type within a type family

Similar word(s): face, font, fount, typeface

Definition categories: communication, type

15. an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part

Similar word(s): sheath

Definition categories: body, cover, covering

16. the housing or outer covering of something

- the clock has a walnut case

Similar word(s): casing, shell

Definition categories: man–made, housing

17. the enclosing frame around a door or window opening

Similar word(s): casing

Definition categories: man–made, frame, framework

18. (printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers

- for English, a compositor will ordinarily have two such cases, the upper case containing the capitals and the lower case containing the small letters

Definition categories: man–made, receptacle

19. bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow

- the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase

Similar word(s): pillowcase, slip

Definition categories: man–made

20. a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home

Similar word(s): showcase, vitrine

Definition categories: man–made, container

Sentences with case as a noun:

- For a change, in this case, he was telling the truth.

- It is not the case that every unfamiliar phrase is an idiom.

- In case of fire, break glass. [sign on fire extinguisher holder in public space]

- It was one of the detective's easiest cases.  Social workers should work on a maximum of forty active cases.  The doctor told us of an interesting case he had treated that morning.

- The teaching consists of theory lessons and case studies.

- The accusative case canonically indicates a direct object.  Latin has six cases, and remnants of a seventh.

- Jane has been studying case in Caucasian languages.  Latin is a language that employs case.

- There were another five cases reported overnight.

- a case for spectacles; the case of a watch

- a door case; a window case


1. look over, usually with the intention to rob

- They men cased the housed

Definition categories: perception, inspect

2. enclose in, or as if in, a case

- my feet were encased in mud

Similar word(s): encase, incase

Definition categories: contact, enclose, inclose