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noun [countable] course pronunciation in British English /kɔː(r)s/
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  1. 1
    a series of lessons or lectures in an academic subject or a practical skill
    a drama/secretarial/Spanish course
    course in: an introductory course in economics
    do/take a course: You could do a language course abroad.
    run/offer a course: The school runs courses for beginners.
    be on a course: She’s on a time management course this week.
  2. 2
    the direction that a vehicle, especially a ship or plane, is travelling 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.
  3. 3
    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.
  4. 4
    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
  5. 5
    one of the parts of a meal
    first/main course: I had prawns, followed by steak for my main course.
    three-course/four-course etc meal: They do a two-course lunch for £4.99.
  6. 6
    a medical treatment that someone is given over a period of time
    course of: The treatment involves a course of steroid injections.
  7. 7
    an area of land or water where races take place
    The mountains are the most difficult part of the course.
    1. a.
      a golf course
      an 18-hole course
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