course | meaning of course in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English | LDOCE

course

course

1

/

kɔːs

$

kɔːrs

/

●●●

S1

W1

noun

 

 

► Course is never followed by ‘of’. Don’t say ‘a course of Business Studies’. Say ‘a course in Business Studies’.

a period of study in a particular subject, especially at university

b) British English a period of study in a particular subject, especially at university SYN program American English a degree course in photography

course on/in a course on architecture I’m taking a course in graphic design.

4

time

[

singular

]

PERIOD OF TIME

a period of time or process during which something happens

during/in/throughout/over the course of something

 

During the course of our conversation, it emerged that Bob had been in prison.

 

Over the course of the next few years, the steel industry was reorganized.

in the course of doing something

 

In the course of researching customer needs, we discovered how few families have adequate life insurance.

It seems the boom in World Music has run its course.

Relax and let nature take its course .

(= develop in the usual way and reach a natural end )

take/run its course (= develop in the usual way and reach a natural end ) Relax and let nature take its course . It seems the boom in World Music has run its course.

In the normal course of events, a son would inherit from his father.

in the normal/natural/ordinary course of events

in the normal/natural/ordinary course of events In the normal course of events, a son would inherit from his father.

Meeting Sally changed the whole course of his life .

forces that shape the course of evolution

course of forces that shape the course of evolution

the usual or natural way that something changes, develops , or is done

6

plans

[

singular, uncountable

]

the general plans someone has to achieve something or the general way something is happening

 

They will go to any lengths to get the White House to

change course

.

 

He will

steer a middle course

between pacifism and revolution.

 

As long as the economy

stays on course

, the future looks rosy.

7

ACTIONS

actions

[

countable usually singular

]

DEAL WITH

an action or series of actions that you could take in order to deal with a particular situation

 

I agreed that this was the only sensible

course of action

.

take/decide on a course

 

The judge took the only course of action open to him.

8

direction

[

countable usually singular, uncountable

]

TTW

TTA

the planned direction taken by a boat or plane to reach a place

 

The plane

changed course

to avoid the storm.

on/off course

(=

going in the right or wrong direction

)

 

The ship was

blown off course

.

 

The aircraft was almost ten miles off course.

 

She tightened the mainsail while

holding the course

(=

travelling in the same direction as planned

)

.

10

meal

[

countable

]

DF

one of the separate parts of a meal

three-course/five-course etc meal

 

The ticket includes entry and a four-course meal.

first/second/main etc course

 

We had fish for the main course.

an area of land or water where races are held, or an area of land designed for playing golf

course of injections/drugs/treatment etc a course of antibiotics

an amount of medicine or medical treatment that you have regularly for a specific period of time

in (the) course of time

14

river

[

countable

]

SG

the direction a river moves in

 

The course of the water was shown by a line of trees.

COLLOCATIONS

Meaning 3:

verbs

take a course

(

also

do a course

British English

)

I decided to do a course in Italian.

go on a course

British English

My company wanted me to go on a course in management skills.

pass/fail a course

If you pass the course, you get a diploma in psychology.

apply for a course

The following year she applied for a nursing course.

enrol on a course/put your name down for a course

British English

(=

to arrange to officially join a course

)

How about enrolling on a sailing course?

attend a course

formal

(=

take part in a course

)

You’ll have to attend a course on how to deal with customers on the phone.

withdraw from a course/drop out of a course

(=

leave it without finishing it

)

She had to withdraw from the course because of illness.

teach a course

She is teaching an introductory course in Russian.

run a course

The course is run by the British Council.

offer a course

The course is offered on a part-time basis.

change (your) course

(=

at university or college

)

Some students choose to change their course after the first year.

ADJECTIVES/NOUN + course

a language/art/design etc course

The school runs ten-week language courses three times a year.

a full-time/part-time course

There are also part-time courses for mature students.

an elementary/intermediate/advanced course

an advanced course in art and design

a one-year/two-year etc course

She did a one-year teacher training course.

a short course

I did a short course on website design.

an intensive course

(=

in which you learn a lot in a short time

)

An intensive course in Russian is provided for those who do not already know the language.

a crash course

informal

(=

in which you learn a great deal in a very short time

)

A husband was given a crash course in how to deliver a baby by a midwife on the phone.

a training course

If you are offered the job, you will attend a two-week training course.

a vocational course

(=

that trains you to do a particular job

)

a vocational course in architecture

a college/university course

students who fail their college courses

a degree course

British English

(

also

an undergraduate course

)

(=

a first course at a university, which usually lasts three years

)

a three-year degree course

a postgraduate course

British English

(=

one you do after your first degree course

)

a correspondence course

(=

in which you work at home, sending work to a teacher by post

)

an introductory course

(=

for people who have never done a particular subject or activity before

)

an induction course

(=

that you do when you start a new job or position

)

a refresher course

(=

short and intended to teach you about new developments in a subject

)

a foundation course

British English

(=

a general course that students do in the first year at some universities

)

a sandwich course

British English

(=

that includes periods of work in industry or business

)

a tailor-made course

(=

one that is specially designed for someone

)

a tailor-made course to help senior staff develop their negotiation skills

course + NOUN

a course tutor

British English:

I discussed it with my course tutor.

course material

Teachers are provided with course material.

the course syllabus

(=

the plan of what is taught on a course

)

The school has recently introduced a new course syllabus.

COMMON ERRORS

Don’t say ‘

make a course

’. Say

do

or

take a course

.

COLLOCATIONS

Meaning 5: the usual or natural way that something changes, develops, or is done

verbs

something takes a course

(=

develops in a particular way

)

He felt that events were taking the wrong course.

something takes/runs its course

(=

develops in the usual or natural way

)

There was nothing we could do except watch the illness run its course.

change/alter the course of something

The incident changed the course of the election.

influence/shape the course of something

The result of this battle influenced the whole course of the war.

determine/decide the course of something

Don’t let chance decide the course of your career.

phrases

in the normal/ordinary course of something

His bravery was far more than was required in the normal course of duty.

the course of history/somebody’s life etc

Changing conditions shape the course of evolution.