1 course /ˈkoɚs/ noun
plural courses
1 course
plural courses
Learner's definition of COURSE
: the path or direction that something or someone moves along
often used figuratively
see also collision course
: a path or route that runners, skiers, bikers, etc., move along especially in a race see also obstacle course, racecourse
: a series of classes about a particular subject in a school
often used before another noun
: a group of classes that lead to a degree (sense 5)
see also correspondence course, crash course, refresher course, sandwich course, survey course
[noncount] : the normal or regular way that something happens over time
[noncount] used to describe what happens during a period of time or when something is being done
[count] : a way of behaving or proceeding that you choose
[count] medical : a series of medicines or medical treatments that are given to someone over a period of time
[count] : a part of a meal that is served separately from other parts

in due course

: after a normal amount of time has passed : in the expected time

let nature take its course

see nature

of course

used to show that what is being said is very obvious or already generally known
used informally to give permission or say yes in a way that shows you are very certain
used to stress that what you are saying is true and you feel no doubt about it
see also as a matter of course at 1matter

par for the course

see par

pervert the course of justice

see 1pervert

stay the course

see 1stay
2 course /ˈkoɚs/ verb
courses; coursed; coursing
2 course
courses; coursed; coursing
Learner's definition of COURSE
always followed by an adverb or preposition [no object]
: to move or flow quickly