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case 1

 (kās)
n.
1. An instance or occurrence of a particular kind or category: a case of mistaken identity. See Synonyms at example.
2. An occurrence of a disease or disorder: a mild case of flu.
3. A set of circumstances or a state of affairs; a situation: It may rain, in which case the hike will be canceled.
4. Actual fact; reality: We suspected the walls were hollow, and this proved to be the case.
5. A question or problem; a matter: It is simply a case of honor.
6. A situation that requires investigation, especially by a formal or official body.
7. Law
a. An action or a suit or just grounds for an action.
b. The facts or evidence offered in support of a claim.
8. A set of reasons or supporting facts; an argument: presented a good case for changing the law.
9. A person being assisted, treated, or studied, as by a physician, lawyer, or social worker.
10. Informal A peculiar or eccentric person; a character.
11. Linguistics
a. In traditional grammar, a distinct form of a noun, pronoun, or modifier that is used to express one or more particular syntactic relationships to other words in a sentence.
b. Case In some varieties of generative grammar, the thematic or semantic role of a noun phrase as represented abstractly but not necessarily indicated overtly in surface structure. In such frameworks, nouns in English have Case even in the absence of inflectional case endings.
Idioms:
in any case
Regardless of what has occurred or will occur.
in case
1. If it happens that; if: In case she dies without heirs, her money will go to charity.
2. To be prepared for the possibility that: bring the charger in case the battery runs low.
3. As a precaution: took along an umbrella, just in case.
in case of
If there should happen to be: a number to call in case of emergency.
off (someone's) case
No longer nagging or urging someone to do something.
on (someone's) case
Persistently nagging or urging someone to do something.

[Middle English cas, from Old French, from Latin cāsus, from past participle of cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.]

case 2

 (kās)
n.
1. A container; a receptacle: a jewelry case; meat-filled cases of dough.
2. A container with its contents.
3. A decorative or protective covering or cover.
4. A set or pair: a case of pistols.
5. The frame or framework of a window, door, or stairway.
6. The surface or outer layer of a metal alloy.
7. Printing
a. A shallow compartmented tray for storing type or type matrices.
b. The form of a written, printed, or keyed letter that distinguishes it as being lowercase or uppercase: typed the password using the wrong case.
tr.v. cased, cas·ing, cas·es
1. To put into or cover with a case; encase.
2. Slang To examine carefully, as in planning a crime: cased the bank before robbing it.

[Middle English, from Norman French casse, from Latin capsa.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.in any case - used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement; "Anyhow, he is dead now"; "I think they're asleep; anyhow, they're quiet"; "I don't know what happened to it; anyway, it's gone"; "anyway, there is another factor to consider"; "I don't know how it started; in any case, there was a brief scuffle"; "in any event, the government faced a serious protest"; "but at any rate he got a knighthood for it"
2.in any case - making an additional point; anyway; "I don't want to go to a restaurant; besides, we can't afford it"; "she couldn't shelter behind him all the time and in any case he wasn't always with her"
Translations
عَلى كُل حال، مَهْما يَكُن مِن أمْر
pro každý případ
alligeveli hvert fald
auf jeden Fall
samt, òrátt fyrir allt

any

(ˈeni) pronoun, adjective
1. one, some, no matter which. `Which dress shall I wear?' `Wear any (dress)'; `Which dresses shall I pack?' `Pack any (dresses)'.
2. (in questions and negative sentences etc) one, some. John has been to some interesting places but I've never been to any; Have you been to any interesting places?; We have hardly any coffee left.
adjective
every. Any schoolboy could tell you the answer.
adverb
at all; (even) by a small amount. Is this book any better than the last one?; His writing hasn't improved any.
ˈanybody, ˈanyone pronoun
1. (in questions, and negative sentences etc) some person. Is anybody there?
2. any person, no matter which. Get someone to help – anyone will do.
3. everyone. Anyone could tell you the answer to that.
ˈanyhow adverb
1. anyway. Anyhow, even if the problem does arise, it won't affect us.
2. in a careless, untidy way. Books piled anyhow on shelves.
ˈanything pronoun
1. (in questions, and negative sentences etc) some thing. Can you see anything?; I can't see anything.
2. a thing of any kind. You can buy anything you like; `What would you like for your birthday?' `Anything will do.'
ˈanyway adverb
nevertheless; in spite of what has been or might be said, done etc. My mother says I mustn't go but I'm going anyway; Anyway, she can't stop you.
ˈanywhere adverb
in any place at all. Have you seen my gloves anywhere?; I can't find them anywhere; `Where will I put these?' `Anywhere will do.'
at any rate
at least. It's a pity it has started to rain, but at any rate we can still enjoy ourselves at the cinema; The Queen is coming to see us – at any rate, that's what John says.
in any case
nevertheless. I don't believe the story but I'll check it in any case.
References in classic literature ?
In any case he would very soon learn it from his friend Dr.
And should any one in any case be content that his oath shall go unkept on a merely unsubstantial controversy as to HOW it shall be kept?
The murder of Stangerson was an incident which was entirely unexpected, but which could hardly in any case have been prevented.