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noun case pronunciation in British English /keɪs/
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  1. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] a situation or set of conditions, especially one involving a particular person or thing

    I think we can make an exception in your case.

    be the case:

    This was the case in the past, but now life is different.

    if that’s the case:

    If that’s the case, I’m not surprised he was angry.

    it is the case that:

    Isn’t it the case that they’re afraid of change?

    it’s a case of:

    It really is a case of ‘no news is good news’.

    in that case:

    ‘I don’t need it tonight.’ ‘In that case, I’ll keep it until tomorrow.’

    in which case:

    They can still agree to our conditions, in which case the bombing will stop.

    as is the case:

    Often, as is the case for these families, there is no other source of support.

  2. 3
    [countable] a legal matter that will be decided in a court
    a murder/rape/libel case:

    A number of libel cases were taken to the Court of Appeal.

    case against:

    He was confident the case against him would be dropped.

    win/lose a case:

    He would do anything to win a case.

    1. a.
      a crime that the police are trying to solve

      At least a dozen officers are investigating the murder case.

    2. b.
      the evidence and arguments that one side can use against the other in a law court
      the case for the prosecution/the defence:

      Mr Scott informed the judge that he had completed the case for the prosecution.

      have a case (=have a chance of winning):

      The lawyers told me I didn’t have a case.

  3. 4
    [countable] a set of facts and arguments that you can state for or against something

    This strengthens the case of those who argue that the UK should have a Bill of Rights.

    case for/against:

    There is a strong case for government intervention.

    state your case:

    She was being offered a chance to state her case.

    make (out) a case for something:

    Calvin makes a good case for this unpopular policy in his article.

    A case can be made for reducing taxes right now.

  4. 6
    [countable] a container or cover for keeping or protecting something

    Have you seen my glasses’ case anywhere?

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      a piece of furniture made of wood and glass in which objects are shown in a shop or museum
  5. 7
    [countable/uncountable] linguistics a form of a noun, adjective, or pronoun in some languages that shows its relationship in grammar to other words in a sentence
  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    the distinction between a letter written in upper-case (ABC), also called a capital letter, or lower-case (abc), also called a minuscule letter

    In typography, the case of the text is as important as typing in bold font or in italics.

    Submitted by Climentlepiment from France on 25/05/2015


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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