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English definition of “course”

course

noun [C]  /kɔrs, koʊrs/ us  

course noun [C] (DIRECTION)

the particular path something such as an aircraft or ship takes as it moves, or the path along which a river flows: A southern course will take our flight over Texas. The ship was blown off course (= away from its course) in the storm.

course noun [C] (DEVELOPMENT)

the often gradual development of something, or the way something happens, or a way of doing something: He always chats with waiters and waitresses and becomes their best friends during the course of dinner.

course noun [C] (CLASSES)

a set of classes in a subject at a school or university: He taught a course in film history at Harvard University.

course noun [C] (SPORTS AREA)

an area used for a sports event: a golf course

course noun [C] (MEAL)

a part of a meal served separately from the other parts: the meat course
(Definition of course from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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