ldoce_042_fcasecase1 /keɪs/ ●●●S1W1 noun1example [countable]EXAMPLE an example of a particular situation or of something happeningcase ofThere were 16 cases of damage to cars in the area.in the case of somethingThe amount of fruit in fruit juices must be 6% in the case of berries and 10% in the case of other fruits.in some/many/most etc casesIn many cases standards have improved.Tom’s career is a case in point (=a clear example of something that you are discussing or explaining).a classic case (=typical example) of poor design► see thesaurus at example2situation [countable usually singular]SITUATION a situation that exists, especially as it affects a particular person or groupin somebody’s caseLike the others, he produced a written explanation, but in Scott’s case this was a 30-page printed booklet.Changing men’s and women’s traditional roles is not easy, but in our case it has been helpful.it is the case (that)It may be the case that the scheme will need more money.We tend to think of these people as untrustworthy, but that is not the case.in this caseIn this case, several solutions could be tried.in which caseHe won’t want to eat it unless he’s really hungry, in which case he’ll eat almost anything.3 →(just) in case4 →in any case5 →in that case6reason/argument [countable usually singular]PROVE a set of reasonswhy something should happen or be doneLet me research the facts before I put forward a case.case forA group of us met to make our case for more women in the cabinet.There is a strong case (=very good set of reasons) for getting parents more involved in the school’s activities.7law/crime [countable]a)SCLa question or problem that will be dealt with by a lawcourtShe is keen to avoid a court case.The lawyers will only be paid if they win the case.case againstMarshall has dropped the case against us.b)SCLall the reasons that one side in a legalargument can give against the other sideThe evidence does not support the prosecution’s case.The court ruled that we had a case (=had enough evidence or good arguments).c)IN CHARGE OFan event or set of events that need to be dealt with by the police in order to find out if a crime has been committed and who committed itcase ofa case of armed robberyon the caseAround 50 police officers are on the case.8box/container [countable]a)Da large box or container in which things can be stored or moveda packing casea case of wineb)Da special box used as a container for holding or protecting somethinga jewellery caseJim put his violin back in its case.c)British EnglishDLT a suitcasePolly carried her cases upstairs to the bedroom. →bookcase, briefcase, pillowcase9 →it’s a case of something10disease [countable] an example of a disease or a person who has a diseasecase ofThere are thousands of new cases of AIDS in Africa every year.11 →in case of something12grammar [countable, uncountable]SLG technical the way in which the form of a word changes, showing its relationship to other words in a sentencecase endings13 →be on somebody’s case14 →be on the case15 →get off my case16person [countable] someone who is being dealt with by a doctor, a socialworker, the police etc →basket case, lower case, nutcase, → I rest my caseat rest2(9), → upper caseCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 7a: ADJECTIVES/NOUN + casea court caseThere was a lot of publicity surrounding the court case.a murder caseHe had been a witness in a murder case.a libel case (=against someone who has written a bad statement about someone else)damages awarded by juries in libel casesa criminal caseIt was the longest and most expensive criminal case in US history.a civil case (=not a criminal case)He is involved with civil cases, not criminal ones.a test case (=one that will establish a principle for the first time)If the dispute goes to court it could be an important test case.a landmark case (=one that established a principle for the first time)a landmark case about copyright protection for computer softwarea high-profile case (=one that gets a lot of attention)a defense lawyer who has handled some high-profile casesverbsbring a case (against somebody)There was not enough evidence to bring a case against him.hear/try a case (=listen to the evidence before making a judgment)The case will be heard by a federal judge.win/lose a case (=be successful or unsuccessful in proving someone guilty or not guilty)Lomax was a brilliant lawyer who had never lost a case.settle a case (=end it finally)He paid a $15,000 fine to settle the case.adjourn a case (=stop it for a short time)The case was adjourned until next month for further reports.dismiss/throw out a case (=officially stop it from continuing)The case was thrown out by New York state’s highest court.drop a case (=not continue with it)The case was dropped because of a lack of evidence.a case comes/goes to courtWhen the case finally came to court, they were found not guilty.a case comes/goes to trialBy the time her case went to trial, her story had changed.a case comes before a judge/courtThe case came before the federal courts.
case• All very good condition and cased.• Location was found and cased in Lant Street, SE1.From King Business Dictionarycasecase /keɪs/ noun [countable]1TRANSPORTa large box or container in which things can be stored or movedpacking cases full of equipmentcase ofa case of 10,000 cigarettes and several cases of spirits → see alsobasket case2LAW a question or problem that will be dealt with by a court of lawthose claiming damages in personal injury casesThe Council appealed to them to drop the case (=stop investigating it). →leading case →stated case →test case3LAW all the reasons that one side in a legal argument can give against the other sideThe prosecution case was that the victim was stabbed by Reid during a general disturbance.The plaintiff needed legal representation in order to present her case properly.Origincase11. (1200-1300)Old Frenchcas, from Latincasus“fall, chance”, from cadere“to fall”2. (1200-1300)Old North Frenchcasse, from Latincapsa“box, case”, from capere“to take”