Meaning of “course” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /kɔːs/
of course

A1 used to say 'yes' and emphasize your answer:

"Can you help me?" "Of course!"

B1 used to show that what you are saying is obvious or already known:

The rain meant, of course, that the barbecue was cancelled.
Of course, the Olympics are not just about money.

More examples

  • 'Can I go?' 'Of course!'
  • 'May I have some?' 'Of course - help yourself!'
  • Of course when the children heard that he was coming they were very excited.
  • Of course everyone there knew about the situation but me.
  • Of course the last thing you want when you're ill is a load of people around you.
of course not

A2 used to say 'no' and emphasize your answer:

"Do you mind if I borrow your pen?" "Of course not."

A1 a series of lessons about a particular subject:

She did a ten-week course in computing.

A2 a part of a meal:

a three-course dinner

B1 an area used for horse races or playing golf:

a golf course
MEDICINE [ C ] mainly UK
ROUTE [ C, U ]

the direction in which a ship, aircraft, etc is moving:

During the storm, the boat was blown off course (= in the wrong direction).
ACTION [ C ] also course of action, uk us

something that you can do in a particular situation:

I think the best course of action would be to write to him.
during/in/over the course of sth

during a particular time or activity:

In the course of the interview she mentioned her previous experience.
in due course

B2 at a suitable time in the future:

The results will be sent to you in due course.
DEVELOPMENT [ no plural ]

the way something develops, usually over a long time:

Nuclear weapons have changed the course of modern history.
in the course of time UK

gradually, or over a period of time:

His English will improve in the course of time.
be on course for sth/to do sth UK

to be very likely to succeed at something

run its course

If something runs its course, it continues naturally until it has finished.

→ See also be on a collision course , crash course , be par for the course

(Definition of “course” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)