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used to show that what you are saying is expected or already known and so not surprising:
You can pay by cheque, assuming of course you have a valid cheque card.
Of course there are exceptions to every rule.
b) also course informal spoken
used to say yes or to give permission politely:
'Can I have a word with you?' 'Of course.'
'Can you give me a lift?' 'Course, no problem.'
c) also course spoken
used to emphasize that what you are saying is true or correct:
Of course he'll come!
well/but of course
Well of course I love you.
2 also course not spoken informal
used to say very strongly that something is not true or correct:
He asked his father if it was true. ' Of course not,' Jack said.
'You don't mind if I call her?' 'No, course not.'
a series of lessons in a particular subject [= class American English]
a course on architecture
I'm taking a course in graphic design.
73 candidates enrolled on the course.
For details, contact your course tutor.
b) British English! course is never followed by 'of': a course in English (NOT of English) ➔ correspondence course, crash course, refresher course, sandwich course
a period of study in a particular subject, especially at university [= program American English]
take/follow a course
Students following the Honours course are expected to study Islamic History.
degree/postgraduate etc course
entry qualifications for degree-level courses
taught course (=one which has formal lectures, rather than one in which a student studies alone)
a period of time or process during which something happens
during/in/throughout/over the course of something
During the course of our conversation, it emerged that Bob had been in prison.
Over the course of the next few years, the steel industry was reorganized.
in the course of doing something
In the course of researching customer needs, we discovered how few families have adequate life insurance.
the usual or natural way that something changes, develops, or is done
forces that shape the course of evolution
Meeting Sally changed the whole course of his life.
in the normal/natural/ordinary course of events
In the normal course of events, a son would inherit from his father.
take/run its course (=develop in the usual way and reach a natural end)
Relax and let nature take its course.
It seems the boom in World Music has run its course.
Gorbachev changed the course of Soviet history.
the general plans someone has to achieve something or the general way something is happening:
They will go to any lengths to get the White House to change course.
He will steer a middle course between pacifism and revolution.
As long as the economy stays on course, the future looks rosy.
an action or series of actions that you could take in order to deal with a particular situation:
actions[countable usually singular]
I agreed that this was the only sensible course of action.
take/decide on a course
The judge took the only course of action open to him.
the planned direction taken by a boat or plane to reach a place:
direction[countable usually singular, uncountable]TTWTTA
The plane changed course to avoid the storm.
on/off course (=going in the right or wrong direction)
The ship was blown off course.
The aircraft was almost 10 miles off course.
She tightened the mainsail while holding the course (=travelling in the same direction as planned).
likely to achieve something because you have already had some success
on course for
If he wins today, he's on course for the Grand Slam.
one of the separate parts of a meal
three-course/five-course etc meal
The ticket includes entry and a four-course meal.
first/second/main etc course
We had fish for the main course.
an area of land or water where races are held, or an area of land designed for playing golf: ➔ assault course, obstacle course (1)
a particularly difficult course
an 18-hole course
an amount of medicine or medical treatment that you have regularly for a specific period of time
medical treatment[countable] especially British English
course of injections/drugs/treatment etc
a course of antibiotics
after some or enough time has passed [= eventually]:
She'll get used to school in the course of time.
the direction a river moves in:
The course of the water was shown by a line of trees.
a layer of bricks, stone etc in a wall:
a damp-proof course