I UK [kɔː(r)s] / US [kɔrs] noun [countable]
Word forms "course":
singular course plural courses
1) a series of lessons or lectures in an academic subject or a practical skill

a drama/secretarial/Spanish course

course in:

an introductory course in economics

do/take a course:

You could do a language course abroad.

run/offer a course:

The school runs courses for beginners.

be on a course:

She's on a time management course this week.

Adjectives frequently used with course
▪  correspondence, intensive, introductory, refresher, residential, vocational
a) the direction that a vehicle, especially a ship or plane, is travelling in or plans to travel in

The captain had to change course quickly.

on/off course (= going/not going in the planned direction):

The oil tanker veered off course and hit a rock.

b) the direction in which a river flows

Several villages along the course of the river were flooded.

3) the things that you choose to do in a particular situation
course of action:

What course of action do you recommend?

the best/safest etc course is to do something:

The safest course is to avoid alcohol.

4) the way that things develop over a period of time
course of events:

In the normal course of events, he would have left and thought no more about it.

the course of history:

a speech that changed the course of history

5) one of the parts of a meal
first/main course:

I had prawns, followed by steak for my main course.

three-course/four-course etc meal:

They do a two-course lunch for £4.99.

6) a medical treatment that someone is given over a period of time
course of:

The treatment involves a course of steroid injections.

a) an area of land or water where races take place

The mountains are the most difficult part of the course.

an 18-hole course

in/during/over the course of something — while something is happening or continuing

The insurance covers you if you are injured in the course of your employment.

During the course of the morning I learned a lot about the project.

run/take its course — to develop in the usual way and reach a natural end

The doctor said we just had to let the disease run its course.

collision, due I, of course

II UK [kɔː(r)s] / US [kɔrs] adverb spoken
of course

"She's not in love with me." – "Course she is. It's obvious."

III UK [kɔː(r)s] / US [kɔrs] verb
Word forms "course":
present tense I/you/we/they course he/she/it courses present participle coursing past tense coursed past participle coursed
a) [intransitive] to flow somewhere in large amounts

Tears coursed down his cheeks.

Fear sends adrenalin coursing through your veins.

b) if an emotion or physical feeling courses through you, you suddenly feel it strongly

Anger coursed through him.

2) [intransitive/transitive] to use dogs to chase rabbits or hares as a sport

English dictionary. 2014.

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