- course1 W1S1 [ko:s US ko:rs] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1 of course2 of course not3¦(education)¦4¦(time)¦5¦(development)¦6¦(plans)¦7¦(actions)¦8¦(direction)¦9 on course10¦(meal)¦11¦(sport)¦12¦(medical treatment)¦13 in (the) course of time14¦(river)¦15¦(wall)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1.) of coursea) used to show that what you are saying is expected or already known and so not surprising▪ You can pay by cheque, assuming of course you have a valid cheque card.▪ Of course there are exceptions to every rule.b) also course informalspoken used to say yes or to give permission politely▪ 'Can I have a word with you?' 'Of course.'▪ 'Can you give me a lift?' 'Course, no problem.'c) also coursespoken used to emphasize that what you are saying is true or correct▪ Of course he'll come!well/but of course▪ Well of course I love you.2.) of course not also course notspoken informal used to say very strongly that something is not true or correct▪ He asked his father if it was true. ' Of course not,' Jack said.▪ 'You don't mind if I call her?' 'No, course not.'3.) ¦(EDUCATION)¦a) a series of lessons in a particular subjectAmerican Equivalent: classdo a courseBrE take a course▪ Andy's doing a one-year journalism course.course on/in▪ a course on architecture▪ I'm taking a course in graphic design.▪ 73 candidates enrolled on the course .▪ For details, contact your course tutor .b) BrE a period of study in a particular subject, especially at universityAmerican Equivalent: programtake/follow a course▪ Students following the Honours course are expected to study Islamic History.degree/postgraduate etc course▪ entry qualifications for degree-level coursestaught course(=one which has formal lectures, rather than one in which a student studies alone)4.) ¦(TIME)¦ [singular]a period of time or process during which something happensduring/in/throughout/over the course of sth▪ 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 sth▪ In the course of researching customer needs, we discovered how few families have adequate life insurance.5.) ¦(DEVELOPMENT)¦ [singular]the usual or natural way that something changes, develops, or is donecourse of▪ forces that shape the course of evolution▪ Meeting Sally changed the whole course of his life .in the normal/natural/ordinary course of events▪ In the normal course of events, a son would inherit from his father.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.▪ Gorbachev changed the course of Soviet history.6.) ¦(PLANS)¦ [singular, U]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)¦ [C usually singular]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)¦ [C usually singular, U]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 10 miles off course.▪ She tightened the mainsail while holding the course (=travelling in the same direction as planned) .9.) on courselikely to achieve something because you have already had some successon course for▪ If he wins today, he's on course for the Grand Slam.on course to do sth▪ We're back on course to qualify for the championship.10.) ¦(MEAL)¦one of the separate parts of a mealthree-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.11.) ¦(SPORT)¦an area of land or water where races are held, or an area of land designed for playing golf▪ a particularly difficult course▪ an 18-hole course12.) ¦(MEDICAL TREATMENT)¦ especially BrE an amount of medicine or medical treatment that you have regularly for a specific period of timecourse of injections/drugs/treatment etc▪ a course of antibiotics13.) in (the) course of timeafter some or enough time has passed= ↑eventually▪ She'll get used to school in the course of time.14.) ¦(RIVER)¦the direction a river moves in▪ The course of the water was shown by a line of trees.15.) ¦(WALL)¦a layer of bricks, stone etc in a wall▪ a damp-proof course→as a matter of course at ↑matter1 (20), par for the course at ↑par, stay the course at ↑stay1 (7), in due course at ↑due1 (4)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬HINT sense 3course is never followed by 'of': a course in English (NOT of English)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬course 2course2 v1.) [I always + adverb/preposition] literaryif a liquid or electricity courses somewhere, it flows there quickly▪ Tears coursed down his cheeks.2.) [I always + adverb/preposition] literaryif a feeling courses through you, you feel it suddenly and strongly▪ His smile sent waves of excitement coursing through her.3.) [I and T]to chase rabbits with dogs as a sport
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.