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noun [countable] course pronunciation in American English /kɔrs/ 
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singularcourse
pluralcourses
  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

    1. a.
      the direction in which a river flows

      Several villages along the course of the river were flooded.

  5. 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.

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