course1 [ kɔrs ] noun count ***
▸ 1 series of classes
▸ 2 action someone chooses
▸ 3 way things develop
▸ 4 direction something follows
▸ 5 part of meal
▸ 6 area for sports
▸ 7 medical treatment
1. ) a series of classes or lectures in an academic subject or a practical skill:
a drama/secretarial/Spanish course
course in: an introductory course in economics
take a course: You could take a language course abroad.
run/offer a course: The school runs courses for beginners.
2. ) 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.
3. ) 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
4. ) the direction that a vehicle, especially a ship or airplane, is traveling 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.
a ) the direction in which a river flows:
Several villages along the course of the river were flooded.
5. ) one of the parts of a meal:
first/main course: I had shrimp, followed by steak for my main course.
three-course/four-course etc. meal: They offer a two-course lunch for $4.99.
6. ) an area of land or water where races take place:
The mountains are the most difficult part of the course.
an 18-hole course
7. ) MAINLY BRITISH a medical treatment that someone is given over a period of time:
a course of steroid injections
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.
in the course of time
after some time has passed: EVENTUALLY:
Don't worry, it will all become clear in the course of time.
on course for something/to do something
very likely to achieve something or have a particular result:
The company is on course for its worst-ever losses this year.
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.
course 2 [ kɔrs ] verb
1. ) intransitive to flow somewhere in large amounts:
Tears coursed down his cheeks.
Fear sends adrenalin coursing through your veins.
a ) if an emotion or physical feeling courses through you, you suddenly feel it strongly:
Anger coursed through him.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to use dogs to chase RABBITS or HARES as a sport
course 3 [ kɔrs ] adverb SPOKEN
She's not in love with me. Course she is. It's obvious.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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