1 instance, example, event, occurrence; happening, occasion, circumstance, state, situation:
In a recent case a farmer was attacked by a man-eating tiger. Holmes is investigating a case of a missing necklace.
2 action, suit, lawsuit, dispute; cause:
3 patient, invalid, victim:
Four new cases were admitted to the hospital yesterday.
4 specimen, instance, example:
Howard is an odd case, isn't he?
5 in any case. in any event, come what may, at all events, anyhow, anyway:
In any case, your decision won't affect me.
6 in case.
(a) lest, for fear that:
He was worried in case his wife found out where he had been.
(b) if, in the event that, if it happens or proves or turns out that, if it should happen or prove or turn out that:
In case you were thinking of leaving, remember that we have your car keys.
7 in case of. in the event of; for fear of:
In case of fire, you must use the staircase. We insured the house in case of fire.
8 the case. the fact, the actuality, the truth, the reality, what really happened or took place:
She said he was drunk, but that's not the case.
1 box, container, carton, crate; chest, holder, receptacle; trunk, suitcase, casket:
Please order two cases of paper for the copying machine. The cosmetics came in a fitted case lined in velvet.
2 covering, cover, protection, casing, envelope, wrapper:
The engraving was on the inside of the watch-case. The book came in a case of fine calfskin.
3 encase, box, crate, pack, package, containerize:
The computer arrived, completely cased in rigid foam.