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Case appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Red lost case, Ma. Jesse James acts older.
  • Mars UFOs told a case: "he’s a cad lots of us ram."
  • Pure papyrus unites a test case, so Moses’ act set a "set in usury" paper up.
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Usage statistics for the noun case:

spoken English32.64%written English67.36% conversational speech17.2%task-oriented speech82.8% imaginative writing24.8%informational writing75.2%
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Case is sometimes a misspelling of coarse or courses.

The word case is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun case

What does case mean as a name of something?

Case is one of the top 50 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: cases

  1. an occurrence of something
  2. a special set of circumstances
    • example: it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of case: event
    • more generic word: circumstance = a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
  3. a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
  4. the actual state of things
    • example: that was not the case
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: fact = a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
  5. a portable container for carrying several objects
    • example: the musicians left their instrument cases backstage
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: container = any object that can be used to hold things
    • more specific terms:
      • baggage / luggage = cases used to carry belongings when traveling
      • briefcase = a case with a handle
      • cardcase = a small case for carrying business cards
      • cigarette case = a small flat case for holding cigarettes
      • powder compact / compact = a small cosmetics case with a mirror
      • dispatch case / dispatch box = case consisting of an oblong container (usually having a lock) for carrying dispatches or other valuables
      • glasses case = a case for carrying spectacles
      • gun case = a case for storing a gun
      • kit = a case for containing a set of articles
      • letter case = case for carrying letters
      • locket = a small ornamental case
      • pillbox = a small case for holding pills
      • portfolio = a large, flat, thin case for carrying loose papers or drawings or maps
      • quiver = case for holding arrows
      • shoe = a case from which playing cards are dealt one at a time
      • sleeve = small case into which an object fits
      • pocketbook / billfold / notecase / wallet = a pocket-size case for holding papers and paper money
      • watch case = the metal case in which the works of a watch are housed
      • writing desk = a portable case containing writing materials and having a writing surface
  6. a person requiring professional services
    • example: a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: individual / mortal / person / somebody / someone / soul = a human being
    • more specific terms:
      • client = a person who seeks the advice of a lawyer
      • patient = a person who requires medical care
      • referral = a person whose case has been referred to a specialist or professional group
      • charity case / welfare case = a case for a welfare worker
  7. a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation
  8. a problem requiring investigation
    • example: Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: problem = a question raised for consideration or solution
  9. a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument
    • example: he stated his case clearly
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: argument / statement = a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true
  10. the quantity contained in a case
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of case: caseful
    • more generic word: containerful = the quantity that a container will hold
  11. nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
  12. a specific state of mind that is temporary
    • example: a case of the jitters
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic terms: frame of mind / state of mind = a temporary psychological state
  13. a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
  14. a specific size and style of type within a type family
  15. an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
  16. the housing or outer covering of something
    • example: the clock has a walnut case
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of case: casing / shell
    • more generic word: housing = a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component
    • more specific terms:
      • boot = protective casing for something that resembles a leg
      • gear case / gear box / gearbox = the shell (metal casing) in which a train of gears is sealed
      • jacket = the tough metal shell casing for certain kinds of ammunition
    • part of: grandfather clock / longcase clock = a pendulum clock enclosed in a tall narrow case
  17. the enclosing frame around a door or window opening
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of case: casing
    • more generic words: frame / framework = a structure supporting or containing something
    • part of: door / doorway / room access / threshold = the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; window = a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air
  18. (printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers
    • example: for English, a compositor will ordinarily have two such cases, the upper case containing the capitals and the lower case containing the small letters
    • domain: printing
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of case: compositor's case / typesetter's case
    • more generic word: receptacle = a container that is used to put or keep things in
  19. bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
  20. a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home

Alternative definition of the noun case


  1. An actual event, situation, or fact.
    • A piece of work, specifically defined within a profession.
    • [legal] A legal proceeding, lawsuit.
    • [grammar] A specific inflection of a word depending on its function in the sentence.
    • [grammar, uncountable] Grammatical cases and their meanings taken either as a topic in general or within a specific language.
    • [medicine] An instance of a specific condition or set of symptoms.
    • A box that contains or can contain a number of identical items of manufacture.
    • A piece of luggage that can be used to transport an apparatus such as a sewing machine.
    • A suitcase.
    • A piece of furniture, constructed partially of transparent glass or plastic, within which items can be displayed.
    • The outer covering or framework of a piece of apparatus such as a computer.
    • [typography] The nature of a piece of alphabetic type, whether a “capital” (upper case) or “small” (lower case) letter.
    • [context: poker slang] Four of a kind.
    • [US] A unit of liquid measure used to measure sales in the beverage industry equivalent to 192 fluid ounces.

    Definition of the adjective case

    What does case mean as an attribute of a noun?


    1. [context: poker slang] The last remaining card of a particular rank

    Definition of the verb case

    What does case mean as a doing word?

    verb - inflections: cased | casing | cases

    1. look over, usually with the intention to rob
      • example: They men cased the housed
      • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
      • more generic word: inspect = look over carefully
    2. enclose in, or as if in, a case

    Other definitions of case

    What does case also mean?


    1. [computing, software] computer-aided software engineering.


    1. Case Woodard, known mononymously as Case, is a Grammy-nominated American R&B singer-songwriter.
    2. Case a.k.a. Case Keenum: Casey Austin "Case" Keenum is an American football quarterback for the St. Louis Rams. Keenum played college football for the University of Houston becoming the NCAA's all-time leader in total passing yards, touchdowns, and completions. On October 22, 2011, Keenum became the Football Bowl Subdivision's all-time leader in total offense. On October 27, 2011, Keenum became the all-time leader in total touchdown passes by an FBS quarterback. During that game he threw for nine touchdowns and 534 yards.
    3. Case is a Singaporean composer and record producer.
      • nationality: Singapore
      • profession: Composer, record producer
      • album: "Coast 2 Coast EP"
    4. Case a.k.a. Ronan O'Casey: Ronan O'Casey was an actor.
    5. Case a.k.a. Casey Fenton is a film producer.

    There are other people with in their name, like Jim Case, Ken Case, Lee Case, Tim Case, Brad Case, Cale Case, D.S. Case, Dave Case, Elli Case, Irma Case and many others.


    Case is a musical group.


    1. Case is a fictional character from the 2008 film Death Race.
    2. Case is a fictional character from the 2002 film Beneath Loch Ness.
    3. Case is a fictional character from the 1995 film Dream a Little Dream 2.
    4. Case is a fictional character from the 2005 film Shooting Gallery.
    5. Case is a fictional film character.

    There are other characters with in their name, like Case's, Mr. Case, John Case, Alvah Case, Case Worker, case-worker, Lenore Case, Case Officer, Lincoln Case, Tiffany Case and leonore "casey" case.


    "Case" is a book by Kaplan & Marion A Kaplan.


    "Case": Case is the self-titled debut album by American R&B singer-songwriter Case. It was released on August 13, 1996. It features the hit single "Touch Me, Tease Me" featuring rapper Foxy Brown and Mary J. Blige. The album peaked at number seven on the R&B albums chart and reached number forty-two on the Billboard 200. Mary J. Blige co-wrote the majority of his debut album.


    1. Case: A case of some merchandise is a collection of items packaged together. In the United States, typically a standard case contains a certain number of items depending on what the merchandise is. For consumer foodstuffs such as canned goods, soda, cereal and such, a case is typically 24 items, however cases may range from 12 to 36, typically in multiples of six. For larger bottles such as gallon jugs, a case is typically 4. The standard case for 32 oz bottles of soda and Powerade contains 15 bottles due to their unique size and shape. Cases of video tape are typically packed 10 to a case, and so on. A case of wine is composed of 12 bottles. A case is not a strict unit of measure and can be big enough to accommodate a dram or an hectare and small enough to cover a milligram. Cases are also known for carrying pizzas and barrels.
    2. Case: In policy debate, a case, sometimes known as plan, is a textual advocacy presented by the affirmative team as a normative or "should" statement, generally in the 1AC. A case will often include either the resolution or a rephrasing of it.
    3. casE is a gene.
    4. Case: A container that holds gunpowder and a bullet.
      • also known as Shell

    Phrases with Case

    Phrases starting with the word Case:

    1. Case Fan
    2. case law
    3. case load
    4. case shot
    5. Case-Shot

    Phrases ending with the word Case:

    1. in case
    2. Egg case
    3. gun case
    4. nut case
    5. Put Case
    6. sad case
    7. Use case
    8. Cold Case
    9. gear case
    10. Hard Case
    11. Road case
    12. Slip Case
    13. test case
    14. tool case
    15. wing case

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    Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Case

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    Google previewRegional Integration and Factor Income Taxation

    The first case is that of an inelastic supply in both countries .

    Google previewContemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - E-Book (2013)

    by James R. Hupp, Myron R. Tucker, Edward Ellis

    The first case is the rapid onset of severe infection and its rapid spread. Delay in bacterial...

    The third case is an infection that does not resolve as expected. In these situations, the...

    The fourth case is a recurrent infection. When the initial ...

    Google previewPhysical Asset Management (2015)

    With an Introduction to ISO55000 by Nicholas Anthony John Hastings

    A business case is an argument for taking a particular acquisition or development path. It involves defining the...

    The ability to develop and present a well-argued business case is a key attribute of a good asset manager. Lack of ability to ...

    Google previewParticipation in Fisheries Governance (2006)

    by Tim S. Gray

    The first case is the Shetland sandeel fisheries management partnership, which was a pathfinding example of cooperation between fishers, regulators and ENGOs (the RSPB) to find a way of protecting seabirds' supply of sandeel prey, while ...

    Google previewFundamentals of Tribology and Bridging the Gap Between the Macro- and Micro/Nanoscales (2001)

    by Bharat Bhushan

    The second case is an intermediate rough case with Rq = 68 nm, and the last case is a super smooth interface with combined Rq = 1.4 nm. The latter is a...

    Google previewDoctors' Stories (1991)

    The Narrative Structure of Medical Knowledge by Kathryn Montgomery Hunter

    NMEDICINE the case is the basic unit of thought and discourse,

    As the medical account of a malady constructed from the patient's words and body, the case is a doubled narrative: the patient's ...

    Google previewThe Grammar of English Etymology (101-)

    by Goold Brown

    The nominative case is that form or state of a noun or pronoun, which usually denotes the subject of a finite verb. Who is an interrogative pronoun, of the third person, singular number, masculine gender, and nominative case. 1. A pronoun is a ...

    Google previewThe Institutes of English Grammar, Methodically Arranged (1862)

    With Forms of Parsing and Correcting, Examples for Parsing, Questions for Examination ... Designed for the Use of Schools, Academies, and Private Learners... by Goold Brown

    The objective case is that form or state of a noun or pronoun, which usually denotes the object of a verb, participle, or preposition. Tlu/ugh is a conjunction. 1. A conjunction is a word used to connect words or sentences in construction, and to ...

    Google previewAdvances in Multimedia Information Processing — PCM 2002 (2003)

    Third IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Multimedia Hsinchu, Taiwan, December 16–18, 2002 Proceedings by Yung-Chang Chen, Long-Wen Chang, Chiou-Ting Hsu

    The first case is that the paths are different.

    Google previewThe Institutes of English Grammar ... Stereotype edition, revised by the author (1846)

    by Goold BROWN

    - The objective case is that form ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander (2011)

    by Donald J. Sobol

    $O|lltl0hS SOLUTION TO Th9 CaSE Of thé slippery Salamander Encyclopedia knew Solutions.

    Google previewEncyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints (1985)

    by Donald J. Sobol

    The Case of the Blond Wig T A here was more to Idaville than met the eye. To passing motorists, Idaville looked like an ordinary seaside town. It had lovely beaches, a Little League, and two delicatessens. It had churches, a synagogue, and ...

    Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1893)

    by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

    H ebbs' Case, L. R., 4 Eq. 9; Adams' Case, ...

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    Usage statistics about case

    The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

    Usage statistics for the noun case:

    spoken English32.64%written English67.36% conversational speech17.2%task-oriented speech82.8% imaginative writing24.8%informational writing75.2%

    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun case:


    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb case:


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    Quotes about Case

    Set up another case bartender! The best thing for a case of nerves is a case of Scotch. (W.C. Fields)
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    Scrabble value of C3A1S1E1

    The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

    Anagrams of CASE

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    What do you get if you reverse the order of the letters?

    • ESAC

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