Definition of be the case in English:

be the case


  • Be so.

    • ‘If that were the case, it might fairly be said that anyone who didn't do it would have only himself or herself to blame.’
    • ‘Depending on your birthday, you could sometimes take this exam at the age of 10 and that was the case for me.’
    • ‘Imagine if this were the case in the run-up to the next general election!’
    • ‘He said if that were the case there would have been evidence of internal haemorrhaging.’
    • ‘For if this were the case, there would be no such thing as profit.’
    • ‘If that were the case, then it would be remarkably short-sighted.’
    • ‘This is not to say that no journalists are taking up the issues - I wouldn't be writing this if that were the case.’
    • ‘If the latter were the case, to be fair, he would by now probably have been arrested.’
    • ‘If that were the case, she argued, the plant should be closed.’
    • ‘Imitation, they say, is the greatest form of flattery and if this were the case then the two composers would be delighted.’