case Definition

  • 1an instance of a particular situation; an example of something occurring
  • 2a container designed to hold or protect something
  • 3a legal proceeding

Using case: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "case" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    In any case, we should be prepared for the worst.

  • Example

    I have a case of water bottles in the trunk of my car.

  • Example

    The lawyer presented a strong case in court.

case Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using case

  • present evidence or argument in support of something


    She made a strong case for hiring more staff.

  • a situation where inexperienced people are trying to guide other inexperienced people


    The new manager is clueless, and it's a case of the blind leading the blind.

  • a situation where someone is wrongly identified as another person


    The police arrested him, but it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

Phrases with case

  • if it happens that; in the event of


    I brought an umbrella in case it rains.

  • considering each situation individually rather than making generalizations


    We need to examine these applications on a case-by-case basis.

  • a person or thing regarded as useless or unable to cope


    After the accident, he was a complete basket case.

Origins of case

from Old French 'cas', from Latin 'casus', meaning 'fall'


Summary: case in Brief

The term 'case' [keɪs] refers to an instance of a particular situation, a container, or a legal proceeding. It can be used in phrases like 'in case' and 'case by case,' and idioms like 'make a case for.' 'Case' can also be used to describe situations like 'a case of mistaken identity,' where someone is wrongly identified as another person.

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