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case

 
Noun case has 18 senses
  1. lawsuit, suit, case, cause, causa - a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord"
    --1 is a kind of proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings
    --1 has particulars:
     civil suit; class action, class-action suit; countersuit; criminal suit; moot; paternity suit, bastardy proceeding
  2. case, instance, example - an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
    --2 is a kind of happening, occurrence, natural event
    --2 has particulars:
     humiliation, mortification; piece, bit; time, clip
  3. event, case - a special set of circumstances; "in that event, the first possibility is excluded"; "it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"
    --3 is a kind of circumstance
  4. case - a problem requiring investigation; "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
    --4 is a kind of
    problem
  5. case - the actual state of things; "that was not the case"
    --5 is a kind of
    fact
  6. case - a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument; "he stated his case clearly"
    --6 is a kind of
    argument, statement
  7. case - a portable container for carrying several objects; "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
    --7 is a kind of
    container
    --7 has particulars:
     baggage, luggage; briefcase; cardcase; cigarette case; compact, powder compact; dispatch case, dispatch box; glasses case; gun case; kit; letter case; locket; pillbox; portfolio; quiver; shoe; sleeve; wallet, billfold, notecase, pocketbook; watch case; writing desk
    Derived form: verb case2
  8. subject, case, guinea pig - a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation; "the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly"; "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"
    --8 is a kind of person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, human, soul
  9. case - a person requiring professional services; "a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
    --9 is a kind of
    person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, human, soul
    --9 has particulars: client; patient; welfare case, charity case
  10. case, caseful - the quantity contained in a case
    --10 is a kind of containerful
    Derived form: verb case2
  11. case, display case, showcase - a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
    --11 is a kind of container
    --11 has particulars: trophy case
    Derived form: verb case2
  12. case - a specific state of mind that is temporary; "a case of the jitters"
    --12 is a kind of
    state of mind, frame of mind
  13. case, grammatical case - nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
    --13 is a kind of grammatical category, syntactic category
    --13 has particulars:
     nominative, nominative case, subject case; oblique, oblique case
  14. shell, case, casing - the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case"
    --14 is a kind of housing
    --14 is a part of grandfather clock, longcase clock
    --14 has particulars: boot; gearbox, gear case; jacket
    Derived form: verb case2
  15. character, eccentric, type, case - a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"
    --15 is a kind of adult, grownup
  16. sheath, case - an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
    --16 is a kind of covering, natural covering, cover
    --16 has particulars:
     theca; lorica; medullary sheath, myelin sheath; neurolemma, neurilemma; husk
    Derived form: verb case2
  17. casing, case - the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; "the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
    --17 is a kind of framework, frame, framing
    --17 is a part of doorway, door, room access, threshold; window
  18. case, pillowcase, slip, pillow slip - bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; "the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"
    --18 is a kind of bed linen
Verb case has 2 senses
  1. case - look over, usually with the intention to rob; "They men cased the housed"
    --1 is one way to
    inspect
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  2. encase, incase, case - enclose in, or as if in, a case; "my feet were encased in mud"
    --2 is one way to enclose, inclose, shut in
    Derived forms: noun case10, noun case16, noun case14, noun case11, noun case7, noun casing1
    Sample sentence:
    They case the goods
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