1. [ noun ] (law) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
Synonyms: suit cause causa lawsuit

"the family brought suit against the landlord"

Related terms: proceeding civil_suit criminal_suit bastardy_proceeding countersuit moot class-action_suit law
2. [ noun ] an occurrence of something
Synonyms: instance example

"it was a case of bad judgment" "another instance occurred yesterday" "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"

Related terms: happening time piece humiliation exemplify
3. [ noun ] a special set of circumstances
Synonyms: event

"in that event, the first possibility is excluded" "it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"

Related terms: circumstance
4. [ noun ] a problem requiring investigation

"Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"

Related terms: problem
5. [ noun ] the actual state of things

"that was not the case"

Related terms: fact
6. [ noun ] a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument

"he stated his case clearly"

Related terms: argument
7. [ noun ] a portable container for carrying several objects

"the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"

Related terms: container baggage briefcase kit wallet portfolio compact writing_desk shoe gun_case glasses_case letter_case cigarette_case cardcase pillbox sleeve locket watch_case quiver dispatch_case encase
8. [ noun ] a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation
Synonyms: subject guinea_pig

"the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly" "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"

Related terms: person
9. [ noun ] a person requiring professional services

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

Related terms: person patient client welfare_case
10. [ noun ] the quantity contained in a case
Synonyms: caseful
Related terms: containerful encase
11. [ noun ] a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
Synonyms: showcase display_case
Related terms: container trophy_case encase
12. [ noun ] (grammar) nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
Synonyms: grammatical_case
Related terms: grammatical_category oblique nominative
13. [ noun ] the housing or outer covering of something
Synonyms: casing shell

"the clock has a walnut case"

Related terms: housing gearbox boot jacket grandfather_clock
14. [ noun ] a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
Synonyms: type character eccentric

"a real character" "a strange character" "a friendly eccentric" "the capable type" "a mental case"

Related terms: adult type
15. [ verb ] look over, usually with the intention to rob

"They men cased the housed"

Related terms: inspect
16. [ verb ] put into a case
Synonyms: encase
Related terms: pack
17. [ noun ] a specific state of mind that is temporary

"a case of the jitters"

Related terms: state_of_mind
18. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 813
19. [ verb ] enclose in, or as if in, a case "my feet were encased in mud."
Synonyms: encase incase
Related terms: enclose pack box crate sack shell encasement
20. [ noun ] the enclosing frame around a door or window opening
Synonyms: casing

"the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"

Related terms: framework window doorway
21. [ noun ] an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
Synonyms: sheath
Related terms: covering lorica neurilemma theca husk medullary_sheath encase
22. [ noun ] bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
Synonyms: slip pillow_slip pillowcase

"the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"

Related terms: bed_linen
Similar spelling:   cause