- a suit or action at law; cause.
- a set of facts giving rise to a legal claim, or to a defense to a legal claim.
- a category in the inflection of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives, noting the syntactic relation of these words to other words in the sentence, indicated by the form or the position of the words.
- a set of such categories in a particular language.
- the meaning of or the meaning typical of such a category.
- such categories or their meanings collectively.
Origin of case1
Related formscase·less, adjectivecase·less·ly, adverb
Can be confusedencase in case
British Dictionary definitions for have a case on (1 of 2)
- a person attended or served by a doctor, social worker, solicitor, etc; patient or client
- (as modifier)a case study
- an action or suit at law or something that forms sufficient grounds for bringing an actionhe has a good case
- the evidence offered in court to support a claim
- a set of grammatical categories of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives, marked by inflection in some languages, indicating the relation of the noun, adjective, or pronoun to other words in the sentence
- any one of these categoriesthe nominative case
- in order to allow for eventualities
- (as conjunction) in order to allow for the possibility thattake your coat in case it rains
- US if
Word Origin for case
British Dictionary definitions for have a case on (2 of 2)
- a container, such as a box or chest
- (in combination)suitcase; briefcase
Word Origin for case
Medicine definitions for have a case on
Culture definitions for have a case on
A grammatical category indicating whether nouns and pronouns are functioning as the subject of a sentence (nominative case) or the object of a sentence (objective case), or are indicating possession (possessive case). He is in the nominative case, him is in the objective case, and his is in the possessive case. In a language such as English, nouns do not change their form in the nominative or objective case. Only pronouns do. Thus, ball stays the same in both “the ball is thrown,” where it is the subject, and in “Harry threw the ball,” where it is the object.
Idioms and Phrases with have a case on (1 of 2)
have a case on
Also, have a crush on. Be infatuated with someone, as in He's had a case on her for years, or Teenage girls often have a crush on this teacher. The first slangy term dates from the mid-1800s; the second, a colloquialism, dates from the late 1800s.
Idioms and Phrases with have a case on (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with case
- case in point
- basket case
- get down to brass tacks (cases)
- have a case on
- in any case
- in case of
- in no case
- in the case of
- just in case
- make a federal case
- off someone's back (case)
- open and shut case