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American English: /kɔrs/
British English: /kɔːs/

Translation of course in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1
    (of river) curso (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • One example of this is the Huanhe Road project that is to follow the course of the Xindian River in Taipei County.
    • At its most basic, canyoning is following a river along its course through a gulley.
    • Alternatively, you could hire a bike and follow the course of the River Loir from Vendome to its confluence with the Sarthe.
    1.2 (way of proceeding) the only course open to us
    el único camino que tenemos
    nuestra única opción
    your best course is to say nothing
    lo mejor que puedes hacer es no decir nada
    1.3 (progress) (no plural) in the normal course of events
    en circunstancias normales
    in due course
    a su debido tiempo
    you'll be informed in due course
    se le informará en su momento or cuando corresponda or a su debido tiempo
    in the course of time
    con el tiempo
    in or during the course of a few short weeks
    en el curso de unas pocas semanas
    in the course of our conversation
    en el curso or transcurso de nuestra conversación
    during the course of the interview
    durante (el transcurso de) la entrevista
    it changed the course of history/events
    cambió el curso de la historia/los acontecimientos
    to interfere with the course of justice (Law)
    entorpecer la acción de la justicia
    to run or take its course
    seguir su curso
    Example sentences
    • Once respiratory or renal disease develops, the course is usually rapidly progressive.
    • We'll of course be back to you if any developments occur during the course of this program.
    • It has characters that are compelling, sympathetic and which develop over the course of the plot.
  • 2of course you know it, don't you? — of course!
    lo sabes, ¿no? — ¡claro! or ¡desde luego! or ¡por supuesto!
    of course! why didn't I think of that?
    ¡pero claro! ¿cómo no se me ocurrió?
    am I invited? — of course you are!
    ¿estoy invitado? — ¡claro or desde luego or por supuesto or naturalmente que sí!
    of course not
    claro que no
    what do they want? — money, of course!
    ¿qué quieren? — ¡pues qué van a querer! ¡dinero!
    I'm not always right, of course
    claro que no siempre tengo razón
    you know, of course, his father's dead
    ya sabrás que su padre murió
    the lines are, of course, from 'Hamlet'
    los versos son, claro está or naturalmente, de 'Hamlet'
  • 3 (Aviation, Nautical) true course
    rumbo verdadero
    to plot a course (Aviation)
    trazar el plan de vuelo
    trazar la derrota
    to set course for
    poner rumbo a
    the plane had gone off course
    el avión se había desviado de su rumbo
    the project is on course for completion
    el proyecto va bien encaminado y se terminará en la fecha prevista
    to change course
    cambiar de rumbo
    the party has changed course
    el partido ha dado un nuevo rumbo or giro a su política
  • 4 4.1 (series of lessons) a short course
    un cursillo
    course in/on something
    curso de/sobre algo
    to take or (British also) do a course
    hacer un curso
    to go on a course
    ir a hacer un curso
    they are sending me on a course
    me van a enviar a hacer un curso
    (before noun) course material
    material (masculine) de curso
    Example sentences
    • This could occur in small groups in teacher education courses or in large class discussions.
    • The center offers research fellowships, courses, lecture series, conferences, and publications.
    • The figures relate to primary and secondary postgraduate teacher training courses for all subjects.
    4.2 (Medicine)a course of treatment
    un tratamiento
    the doctor put me on a course of antibiotics
    el doctor me recetó antibióticos
    be sure to finish the course
    no deje de terminar la serie or el ciclo
    Example sentences
    • Initial treatment should be medical with a course of antibiotics of at least two weeks duration.
    • First dose reactions occur after the first dose of a course of treatment and not necessarily thereafter.
    • A recurrence followed his initial recovery, and he needed a repeat course of treatment.
  • 5 (part of a meal) as a or for the first course
    de primer plato
    de entrada
    a three-course meal
    una comida de dos platos y postre
    Example sentences
    • The Japanese, like most other Asians, do not usually serve meals in courses but set all the dishes on the table at the start of the meal.
    • Instead of serving dishes in courses, a Thai meal is served all at once, permitting dinners to enjoy complementary combinations of different tastes.
    • On the Sunday evening after the competition was over, a 3 course meal was served.
  • 7 (of bricks)
    Example sentences
    • A continuous render is taken up the sides and over the top of the core material of a wall, the core material being some three courses of mud bricks about forty centimetres high.
    • The effect of height of a temple till now was mitigated and compromised by the horizontal courses of stone used for construction.
    • One face of the double-sided fireplace features two courses of light buff brick alternating with a single, inset course of red bricks.

transitive verb

  • (hunt)
    cazar (con perros)
    Example sentences
    • True: but we have all seen photographs of beings in rapid motion - horses racing, greyhounds coursing a hare, men running over a field, and so on.
    • He is too fast to be coursed in sight, and is hunted by scent, which varies with temperature, climate and soil.
    • The farmer thought they were coursing hares and called police.

intransitive verb

  • (flow swiftly) [literary]he felt the blood coursing through his veins
    sentía correr la sangre por sus venas [literary]
    Example sentences
    • The warm liquid coursed down her throat, calming the fear she felt.
    • My father may have been in the merchant navy, but that doesn't mean there's salt water coursing through my veins.
    • The start of the main race was delayed after a thunderstorm hit the circuit, causing heavy flooding, with water coursing across the track in several places.
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