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Dictionary definition for: Case

1. (v) look over, usually with the intention to rob; "They men cased the housed"

2. (n) 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"

3. (v) enclose in, or as if in, a case; "my feet were encased in mud"

4. (n) 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"

5. (n) a special set of circumstances; "in that event, the first possibility is excluded" "it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"

6. (n) a problem requiring investigation; "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"

7. (n) the actual state of things; "that was not the case"

8. (n) a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument; "he stated his case clearly"

9. (n) a portable container for carrying several objects; "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"

10. (n) 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"

11. (n) a person requiring professional services; "a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"

12. (n) the quantity contained in a case

13. (n) a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home

14. (n) a specific state of mind that is temporary; "a case of the jitters"

15. (n) nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence

16. (n) the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case"

17. (n) 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"

18. (n) an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part

19. (n) the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; "the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"

20. (n) bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; "the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"

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