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coursenoun [C]

 us   /kɔrs, koʊrs/

course noun [C] (DIRECTION)

the ​particularpath something such as an ​aircraft or ​shiptakes as it moves, or the ​path along which a ​riverflows: A ​southern course will take ​ourflight 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 ​becomestheirbestfriends 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 ​filmhistory at Harvard University.

course noun [C] (SPORTS AREA)

an ​area used for a ​sportsevent: a ​golf course

course noun [C] (MEAL)

a ​part of a ​mealservedseparately from the other ​parts: the ​meat course
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Definition of "course" - British English Dictionary

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coursenoun

uk   /kɔːs/  us   /kɔːrs/

course noun (CLASSES)

A1 [C] a set of ​classes or a ​plan of ​study on a ​particularsubject, usually ​leading to an ​exam or ​qualification: They're going away on a ​training course next ​week. I'd like to do (US take) a writing course when I ​retire.UK Tim did a three-year course inlinguistics at Newcastle.
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course noun (SPORTS AREA)

B1 [C] an ​area of ​land or ​water used for a ​sportsevent: a ​golf course/​cross-country course
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course noun (DEVELOPMENT)

C1 [S] the often ​gradualdevelopment of something, or the way something ​happens, or a way of doing something: Did the ​scandal have any ​effect on the course of the ​election? In the course of (= during) the ​interview it ​becameclear that he was not the ​rightperson for the ​job. What would be an ​appropriate course (of ​action) in such a ​situation? If ​ourrivals are ​spending more on ​advertising, we'll have to ​follow the same course. The ​defendants are also ​accused of ​attempting to ​pervert the course of ​justice.in the course of time UK after a ​period of ​time: I ​assume they ​plan to have ​children in the course of ​time.in/with the course of time UK gradually: With the course of ​time, I've ​learned to ​live with my ​disability.
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course noun (DIRECTION)

C1 [C usually singular, U] the ​direction in which a ​vehicle, ​especially an ​aircraft, ​spacecraft, or ​ship, ​moves, or the ​path along which a ​riverflows: The ​pilotavoided a ​collision by changing course. Changing the course of the ​river would ​causeseriousenvironmentaldamage to the ​wholevalley.figurative The ​debatecompletelychanged course after Liz made her ​speech.on course likely to ​happen, or ​likely to ​succeed as ​planned: Because of the ​recession, we're on course for/to haverecordunemploymentlevels.
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course noun (MEAL)

A2 [C] a ​part of a ​meal that is ​servedseparately from the other ​parts: a four-course ​lunch A ​traditional British main course consists of a ​meatdish with ​potatoes and other ​vegetables.
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course noun (MEDICAL TREATMENT)

[C] a ​fixednumber of ​regularmedicaltreatments: My doctor's put me on a course ofantibiotics.UK She ​needed a six-month course of ​physiotherapy after she ​broke her ​leg.

course noun (LAYER)

[C] specialized architecture a ​continuoushorizontallayer of ​bricks or other ​buildingmaterial

courseverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /kɔːs/  us   /kɔːrs/ formal
to ​flowquickly or in ​largeamounts: Tears were coursing down his ​cheeks. You could ​almosthear the ​blood coursing through her ​veins as she ​passed the ​finishingline.figurative A new ​wave of ​idealism is coursing throughourschools.
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Definition of "course" - Business English Dictionary

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coursenoun [C]

uk   us   /kɔːs/
a ​series of lessons on a particular ​subject: course in/on sth We ​provide courses in ​commerce, ​finance, and basic ​marketing. During the course, ​students will learn traditional ​business and ​projectmanagementskills.run/teach/offer a course My ​companyoffers a lot of ​in-housetraining courses.enrol on a course He has ​enrolled on a book-keeping course.be on/go on/do a course Going on a course is a great way of ​learning in a ​focusedenvironment.take a course (in sth) She decided to take a course in ​recruitmentpractice to ​expand her ​career.pass/fail/complete a course Students who ​fail to complete the course will not be ​awarded a ​certificate.a course runs/takes place Our courses ​run between September and May.a two-year/part-time/full-time, etc. course a three-day ​ICT course an ​MBA/a ​management course a degree/distance-learning course
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