1 complete series of lessons or lectures
computer, psychology, Spanish, etc.
crash, intensive
two-day, two-week, etc.
advanced, beginners', intermediate, introductory
college-level, graduate-level (both AmE)
day (BrE), evening (esp. BrE), night (AmE)
elective (AmE)

Psychology is offered as an elective course.

required (AmE)

Students take required courses in music theory and performance.

refresher, remedial

He enrolled in a remedial mathematics course.

induction (BrE)
correspondence, online, Web-based
external (BrE)
in-house (esp. BrE)
attend, do, take

He took a crash course in Spanish.

enrol on (BrE), join (esp. BrE), sign up for
offer, run

The school runs courses all year round.

design, develop

We have designed the course for students at all levels of ability.

complete, finish

She has completed a course in first aid.

fail, flunk (informal, esp. AmE)

The course runs from January till March.

consist of sth, cover sth, focus on sth, include sth

The course consists of both lectures and practical workshops.

course in

a course in art history

course on

a course on the development of capitalism

2 (esp. BrE) period of study at a college/university
full-time, part-time
one-year, two-year, etc.
access (BrE), foundation (BrE)
graduate, postgraduate, undergraduate
degree, diploma, honours/honors

a joint-honours course in French and Russian (BrE)

mathematics, physics, psychology, etc.
sandwich (BrE)
offer, run

the only university in the UK to offer courses in computer games technology

complete, finish
drop out of
3 route/direction
alter, change, reverse (esp. AmE)

The boat altered course during the storm.

chart, plot, set

We set course for Vancouver Island.

navigate, steer

The path follows the course of the river.


The plane resumed its original course.

off course

We're a long way off course.

on course

We're on course for our destination.

on a collision course

The two planes were on a collision course.

be blown off course

The boat was blown off course.

4 way of acting
best, better

Taking action without knowing all the facts would not be a prudent course.

adopt, choose, follow, pursue, steer, take

She shrewdly steered a middle course between the two factions.

It was the best course of action to take in the circumstances.

be open to sb

It was the only course open to him.

a course of action
5 development of sth over a period of time
natural, normal, usual

It's best to let things follow their natural course.


an event that changed the course of his life

reverse (esp. AmE)

The dollar fell sharply for two days, and then reversed course.

affect, decide, determine, dictate, influence, shape

War has determined the course of much of human history.

follow, run, take

Her career followed a similar course to her sister's.

We could do nothing but let the disease run its course.


Prices resumed their upward course.

during the course of

during the course of the war

in the course of

In the course of time, I began to understand.

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 course of events, in the 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).

6 part of a meal
first, second, etc.
for a/the course

We had chicken for our main course.

7 in a sport/a race
obstacle, race (usually racecourse) (BrE) (racetrack in AmE)

Only ten yachts completed the course.

build, design
8 series of medical treatments
give sb, put sb on

She's been put on a course of injections.

prescribe (sb)
complete, finish

If you are prescribed antibiotics, it's important to finish the course.

course of

a course of antibiotics

Course is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑adrenalin, ↑blood

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