Definition of case verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

case

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//keɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//keɪs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they case
BrE BrE//keɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//keɪs//
 
he / she / it cases
BrE BrE//ˈkeɪsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪsɪz//
 
past simple cased
BrE BrE//keɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//keɪst//
 
past participle cased
BrE BrE//keɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//keɪst//
 
-ing form casing
BrE BrE//ˈkeɪsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪsɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Originverb late Middle English: from Old French casse, chasse (modern caisse ‘trunk, chest’, châsse ‘reliquary, frame’), from Latin capsa, related to capere ‘to hold’.Idioms
case the joint
 
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(informal) to look carefully around a building so that you can plan how to steal things from it at a later time See related entries: Committing crime
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: case