course noun

1 complete series of lessons/studies

ADJ. full-time, part-time | one-year, two-year, etc. | day, evening | crash, intensive | advanced, intermediate, etc. | foundation, introductory | refresher | academic | graduate, postgraduate, undergraduate | degree, diploma, honours a joint honours course in French and Russian | correspondence, external, sandwich | induction | training, vocational

VERB + COURSE do, take He took a crash course in Italian. | enrol on, join, sign up for | withdraw from She withdrew from the course because of illness. | teach | offer, run The school runs courses all year round. | complete It took him five years to complete the course. | pass | fail

COURSE + VERB run The course runs from 10?15 May.

PREP. ~ in a course in applied linguistics | ~ on a course on the development of capitalism

2 route/direction

VERB + COURSE alter, change The boat altered course during the storm. | chart, plot, set We set course for Malta. | be blown off | follow The path follows the course of the river.

PREP. off ~ We're a long way off course | on ~ We're on course for our destination.

PHRASES on a collision course The two planes were on a collision course.

3 (also course of action)

ADJ. best, better

VERB + COURSE adopt, follow, pursue, take It was the best course of action to take in the circumstances.

COURSE + VERB be open to sb It was the only course open to him.

4 development of sth over a period of time

VERB + COURSE change an event that changed the course of his life | follow, run, take Her career followed a similar course to her sister's. We could do nothing but let the disease run its course.

PREP. during the ~ of during the course of the war | in the ~ of In the course of time, I began to understand.

PHRASES the course of history This was an event that changed the course of history. | in due course (= at the appropriate time; eventually), in the normal/ordinary course of events In the normal course of events, you should get a reply by Monday. | let nature take its course When the dog responded so badly to the treatment, we decided to let nature take its course (= stop treating it and let it die naturally).

5 part of a meal

ADJ. main | first, second, etc.

PREP. for a/the ~ We had chicken for our main course.

PHRASES a two-/three-course, etc. meal

6 in sport/a race

ADJ. golf, obstacle, race

VERB + COURSE complete Only ten yachts completed the course.

7 series of medical treatments

VERB + COURSE give sb, put sb on She's been put on a course of injections. | prescribe (sb) | take

PREP. ~ of a course of antibiotics