Meaning of CASE in English

CASE

noun

1 example

ADJECTIVE

▪ classic , textbook , typical

▪ clear , obvious , simple

It was a simple ~ of mistaken identity.

▪ borderline

The teacher gave all borderline ~s a spoken test.

▪ extreme

▪ isolated , rare

Except in a few rare ~s, bee stings are not dangerous.

▪ exceptional , special , unusual

▪ striking

▪ documented , reported

There have been documented ~s of officials accepting bribes.

VERB + CASE

▪ illustrate , show

▪ cite , highlight

He highlighted the ~ of Harry Farr, who was executed in 1916.

▪ consider

Let's consider the ~ of a dealer trying to make a sale.

CASE + VERB

▪ arise , occur

The committee has full powers to deal with any ~s of malpractice that arise.

CASE + NOUN

▪ study

a ~ study of an Amazonian tribe

▪ example

PREPOSITION

▪ in sb's/this ~

In her ~, she failed the exam because she wasn't well.

▪ ~ of

a ~ of animal cruelty

PHRASES

▪ ~ by ~

Complaints are dealt with on a case by case basis.

▪ a ~ in point

Many professions feel they deserve higher pay, and nurses are a ~ in point.

2 the case true situation

VERB + THE CASE

▪ be , remain

It remains the ~ that not enough graduates are going into teaching.

▪ overstate , understate

I agree with him, but don't you think he slightly overstates the ~?

3 of a disease

ADJECTIVE

▪ acute , chronic

▪ advanced , bad , serious , severe

He had a bad ~ of appendicitis.

▪ mild

▪ AIDS , flu , SARS , etc.

About 25% of AIDS ~s are linked with the sharing of needles.

▪ confirmed , reported

There have been no confirmed ~s of BSE in the US.

VERB + CASE

▪ diagnose

Two million new ~s of hypertension are diagnosed each year.

▪ report

The Department of Health reported five human ~s of bird flu.

CASE + NOUN

▪ history

Medical students study the ~ histories of many patients.

▪ notes , records

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ of

a severe ~ of food poisoning

4 police investigation

ADJECTIVE

▪ notorious

the notorious ~ of the Botley strangler

▪ tragic

▪ assault , homicide ( esp. AmE ), molestation ( AmE ), murder , rape , robbery

VERB + CASE

▪ handle , investigate , work on

Four officers are investigating the ~.

▪ crack , solve

They never solved the Jones murder ~.

▪ close

▪ reopen

CASE + NOUN

▪ file , report

He was looking through some homicide ~ files.

▪ officer

Carter was the senior ~ officer on the investigation.

PREPOSITION

▪ on the ~

A detective is on the ~ at the moment.

▪ ~ of

a ~ of theft

5 in a court of law

ADJECTIVE

▪ court

▪ criminal

▪ civil

▪ landmark , test

This is a test ~ which will influence what other judges decide.

▪ high-profile

As a lawyer he was involved in high-profile divorce ~s.

▪ antitrust ( esp. AmE ), divorce , libel , malpractice ( esp. AmE )

▪ death-penalty ( esp. AmE )

The jury are required to be unanimous in death-penalty ~s.

VERB + CASE

▪ bring

He brought the ~ to the Supreme Court.

▪ prosecute , pursue

▪ handle , litigate ( AmE ), take

This was the hardest ~ she had handled since becoming a lawyer.

No lawyer would take his ~.

▪ consider , hear , try

The court will consider the ~ soon.

The ~ will be heard in a higher court.

▪ rehear , retry , review

▪ adjourn

▪ dismiss , throw out

The ~ was thrown out for lack of evidence.

▪ drop

The prosecution decided to drop the ~.

▪ decide , settle

The ~ was settled out of court.

▪ win

▪ lose

CASE + VERB

▪ come before sb , come to court , go to court , go to trial

The ~ came before Judge Hales.

He was so clearly innocent, the ~ should never have gone to court.

▪ collapse

The ~ against her collapsed when a key witness was proved to have lied.

▪ involve sth

a compensation ~ involving thousands of workers

▪ centre/center on sth , hinge on sth , rest on sth , turn on sth

The ~ hinged on the evidence of the only witness.

▪ raise sth

The ~ raises a number of issues.

▪ allege sth

~s alleging violations of international law

▪ challenge sth

He brought a ~ challenging the legality of the war.

PREPOSITION

▪ in a/the ~

the evidence in the ~

▪ ~ against

The ~ against her was very weak.

▪ ~ of

PHRASES

▪ a ~ to answer , no ~ to answer (both BrE )

The judge ruled that the defendant had no ~ to answer.

▪ the circumstances of a ~ , the facts of a ~

6 arguments

ADJECTIVE

▪ compelling , convincing , good , persuasive , powerful , strong

▪ open-and-shut , unanswerable ( BrE )

With his current superb form, he presents an unanswerable ~ for selection in the team.

▪ prima facie ( law )

There is a good prima facie ~ for believing what she says.

▪ circumstantial , weak

▪ defence/defense , prosecution

VERB + CASE

▪ have

Our lawyer didn't think we had a ~ ( = a good enough case ).

▪ prepare

The defendant requested more time to prepare his ~.

▪ outline , set out

▪ make , make out , present , put , state

You can make out a ~ for changing our teaching methods.

▪ argue , plead

I thought she argued her ~ very well.

▪ take up

The union has taken up the ~ of the suspended worker.

▪ judge

The teacher must judge each ~ according to its merits.

▪ bolster , help , strengthen , support

What evidence do you have to support your ~?

▪ weaken

CASE + VERB

▪ exist

A strong ~ exists for adopting a similar system in this country.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ against

a ~ against wearing business attire

▪ ~ for

PHRASES

▪ the ~ for the defence/defense , the ~ for the prosecution

▪ the merits of a ~

The disciplinary committee considered the merits of his ~ before fining him.

7 container

ADJECTIVE

▪ carrying

He put the binoculars back in their carrying ~.

▪ packing

▪ glass

The room was full of stuffed animals in glass ~s.

▪ CD , DVD

▪ cartridge ( esp. AmE ), cigarette , glasses , jewel ( AmE ), jewellery/jewelry , pencil

▪ guitar , violin , etc.

▪ display , trophy ( esp. AmE )

She kept all her trophies in a display ~.

▪ presentation

a gold watch in a presentation ~

PREPOSITION

▪ in a/the ~ , inside a/the ~ , out of a/the ~

8 a case ⇨ See also ↑ suitcase (for other collocates with case )

ADJECTIVE

▪ attaché

▪ overnight

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