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noun [countable] course pronunciation in American English /kɔrs/
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  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.
  6. 6
    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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  7. 7
    mainly British a medical treatment that someone is given over a period of time
    a course of steroid injections



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