course - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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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