Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “case”

See all translations

case

noun [C]  /keɪs/ us  

case noun [C] (SITUATION)

a particular situation or example of something: We don’t normally accept credits from courses taken at another university, but we’ll make an exception in your case. It was a case of not knowing what to say. She said I refused to answer the question, but that is not the case (= that is not accurate).in case In case means if something else should happen: I think we should leave a little early, in case there’s a lot of traffic.in case of something In case of something means if something should happen, esp. something unusual or unexpected: In case of fire, go immediately to the nearest emergency exit.

case noun [C] (PROBLEM)

an item or particular matter that is being dealt with as a problem to be solved, or a person considered in this way: Your skin problem may be a mild case of eczema. He is a sad case – out of work and with few friends to help him.

case noun [C] (ARGUMENT)

arguments, facts, and reasons in support of or against something: He presented the case against cutting the military budget. law In a court of law, a case is a matter to be decided by a judge or jury (= group of people): She claimed the city’s negligence caused her accident, but she lost the case.

case noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a container used for protecting or storing things: an eyeglass case a case of seltzer

case noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

grammar the form a noun, pronoun, or adjective takes depending on its relationship to other words in a sentence: The possessive case of a noun is usually formed with the ending -’s.
(Definition of case from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of case?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “case” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More