Course Definition & Meaning | Britannica Dictionary

stay the course

pervert the course of justice

par for the course

as a matter of course

Of course I don’t hate you! How could you think such a thing?

Of course we’ll be there. We wouldn’t miss it for the world!

used to stress that what you are saying is true and you feel no doubt about it

“Did you take the money?” “Of course not!” [=I definitely did not]

Of course not

“Are you angry with me for being late?” “ Of course not !” [=I am not at all angry]

“May I borrow this book?” “Of course!” [=absolutely, certainly]

used informally to give permission or say yes in a way that shows you are very certain

“Has the bus already left?” “Of course.”

Of course, it wasn’t easy for me to admit I was wrong.

She was late and rude—so of course she didn’t get the job.

We’re talking, of course, about what happened last night.

used to show that what is being said is very obvious or already generally known

of course

let nature take its course

The reasons will become apparent in due course. [=eventually]

His discoveries led, in due course, to new forms of treatment.

in the expected time

after a normal amount of time has passed

in due course

an 18-hole course

a five-course dinner [=a dinner served in five separate parts]

A different wine was served with each course.

You can choose what you want for the main course.

We had salad for the first course.

a part of a meal that is served separately from other parts

a short/intensive course of therapy

The doctor prescribed a 10-day course of antibiotics.

a new course of medication

a series of medicines or medical treatments that are given to someone over a period of time

course of action

We’re trying to determine the best course of action [=the best actions; the best things to do] at this point.

Our wisest course is to retreat.

a way of behaving or proceeding that you choose

in the course of time

Things will get better in the course of time . [=things will get better as time passes]

facts discovered in the course of research

the course of

They met 12 times during/in/over the course of a year.

used to describe what happens during a period of time or when something is being done

runs its course

The disease usually runs its course in a few days. [=develops in the usual way; begins, gets worse, and ends]

course of business

payments made in the usual/normal/ordinary course of business [=as part of doing regular business]

course of events

It’s something you would never see in the normal/ordinary course of events . [=if things were happening as they usually happen]

There is no cure, but the treatment will slow the course of the disease.

the normal or regular way that something happens over time

see also correspondence course

course of study

Students earn the degree after a two-year course of study .

(chiefly Brit) She’s beginning a four-year course in chemistry. [=(US) a four-year chemistry program]

a group of classes that lead to a degree (sense 5)

I have a light/full course load this semester. [=I am taking few/many classes this semester]

often used before another noun

She’s taking a chemistry course this semester.

I’m taking a few writing courses [=classes] at the university.

an introductory/training course

a series of classes about a particular subject in a school

see also obstacle course

a path or route that runners, skiers, bikers, etc., move along especially in a race

see also collision course

the course of history

a battle that altered/changed the course of history [=that changed the way things happened in the years that followed]

The book is generally well written but it occasionally veers off course. [=it has some parts that do not seem to be about what the rest of the book is about]

This win puts the team back on course for the championship.

often used figuratively

off course

The ship was blown off course by a storm.

on course

The pilot brought the plane back on course .

the course of a river

the path or direction that something or someone moves along

Britannica Dictionary definition of COURSE

Britannica Dictionary definition of COURSE





















Britannica Dictionary definition of COURSE

always followed by an adverb or preposition


no object



to move or flow quickly

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