Course - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kɔːrs|  American pronunciation of the word course
Brit.  |kɔːs|  British pronunciation of the word course


- education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings (syn: class)
he took a course in basket weaving
- a connected series of events or actions or developments (syn: line)
the government took a firm course
- general line of orientation (syn: trend)
the river takes a southern course
- a mode of action
if you persist in that course you will surely fail
once a nation is embarked on a course of action it becomes extremely difficult for any retraction to take place
- a line or route along which something travels or moves (syn: path, track)
the course of the river
- a body of students who are taught together (syn: class, form, grade)
- part of a meal served at one time
she prepared a three course meal
- (construction) a layer of masonry (syn: row)
a course of bricks
- facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport
the course had only nine holes
the course was less than a mile


- move swiftly through or over
- move along, of liquids (syn: feed, flow, run)
- hunt with hounds
He often courses hares


- as might be expected (syn: naturally)

Extra examples

The course of a river

The pilot brought the plane back on course.

The ship was blown off course by a storm.

She's taking a chemistry course this semester.

Students earn the degree after a two-year course of study.

There is no cure, but the treatment will slow the course of the disease.

The blood coursing through my veins

Tears were coursing down his cheeks.

In the course of the discussion many views were heard.

The college offers courses in science and in the humanities.

The country club has a golf course.

The race was run on the turf course.

I could feel the warm blood coursing through my veins.

Wild ideas came coursing through my brain as I read the letter.

Andy's doing a one-year journalism course.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: course
he/she/it: courses
present participle: coursing
past tense: coursed
past participle: coursed
singular: course
plural: courses
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