Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “of course”

of course

A1 informal used to say 'yes' or to give someone permission to do something: "Can you help me?" "Of course." "May I have a look at your newspaper?" "Of course you can." "Have you written your English essay yet?" "Of course, I finished it last week." B1 used to show that what you are saying is obvious or already known: The Second World War ended, of course, in 1945. used to show that a situation or a piece of information is not surprising: We arrived at the restaurant 30 minutes late so, of course, our reservation had been cancelled.
(Definition of of course from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “of course” in other dictionaries

Translations of “of course”

Word of the Day

yo

used as an informal greeting between people who know each other or as an expression of approval

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More