course
noun
1. (education) 
a. el curso (M) 
I'm going to do a German course this summer.Voy a hacer un curso de alemán este verano.
b. la asignatura (F) 
You're going to sign up for the same courses as your girlfriend?¿Te vas a inscribir a las mismas asignaturas que tu novia?
2. (something that progresses) 
a. el curso (M) 
There will be a surprise exam during the course of the next few weeks.Habrá un examen sorpresa durante el curso de las próximas semanas.
b. el transcurso (M) 
In the course of our conversation, he admitted that he hadn't wanted to come.En el transcurso de nuestra conversación, admitió que no había querido venir.
3. (way of proceeding) 
a. la opción (F) 
Selling off the house is the only course open to us.Vender la casa es nuestra única opción.
b. el camino (M) 
I think the only viable course is to ask to the government for help.Creo que el único camino viable es pedir ayuda del gobierno.
c. el rumbo (M) 
The government was forced to change course on its austerity policy.El gobierno tuvo que cambiar el rumbo de su política de austeridad.
4. (direction of travel) 
a. el rumbo (M) 
The captain set course for the coast.El capitán puso rumbo a la costa.
5. (natural order) 
a. el curso (M) 
Winning the war changed the course of history.Ganar la guerra cambió el curso de la historia.
6. (culinary) 
a. el plato (M) 
You can choose between fish or meat for the main course.Puedes elegir entre pescado o carne como plato principal.
7. (sports) 
a. la pista (F) (surface) 
We are still preparing the course for the race.Todavía estamos preparando la pista para la carrera.
b. el hipódromo (M) (racecourse) 
I have never been to this course before.Antes no he estado en este hipódromo.
c. el campo (M) (for golf) 
We played a 20-hole course.Jugamos un campo de 20 hoyos.
d. la cancha (F) (for golf) (Southern Cone) 
We hired a golf buggy to get around the course.Alquilamos un carrito de golf para desplazarnos por la cancha.
e. el recorrido (M) (route) 
A famous jockey designed this course.Un jockey famoso diseñó este recorrido.
8. (series of) 
a. el ciclo (M) 
It's very important that you finish any course of antibiotics.Es muy importante que completes cualquier ciclo de antibióticos.
9. (building) 
a. la hilada (F) 
Add another course to this wall and it'll be finished.Añade otra hilada a este muro y estará terminado.
transitive verb
10. (to hunt) 
a. cazar 
Robin said he was going to course deer.Dijo Robin que iba a cazar ciervos.
intransitive verb
11. (to flow) 
a. correr 
The runner could feel the blood coursing through her veins.La corredora podía sentir la sangre corriendo por sus venas.
b. invadir 
Happiness coursed through her when she got the job.La invadió la felicidad cuando consiguió el trabajo.
c. rodar (tears) 
Tears started to course down the little girl's cheeks.Las lágrimas empezaron a rodar por las mejillas de la niñita.
d. caer (sweat) 
The boxer felt sweat coursing down his forehead.El boxeador sintió el sudor caer por su frente.
course
Noun
1. (of river, illness) 
a. el curso (M) 
2. (of time, events) 
a. el transcurso m, curso (M) 
to be on courseseguir el rumbo
to be on course forir camino de
to be off coursehaber perdido el rumbo
3. (also fig) 
to change coursecambiar de rumbo
in the course of timecon el tiempo
a course of actionuna táctica (a seguir)
to be in the course of doing somethingestar haciendo algo
in the normal course of eventsnormalmente
to let things take or run their coursedejar que las cosas sigan su curso
of coursenaturalmente
4. (expressing agreement) 
of course you can come!¡pues claro que puedes venir!
of course not!¡por supuesto que no!
5. (education) 
a. la asignatura (F) (as part of degree) 
6. (self-contained) 
a. el curso (M) 
to take a course in somethinghacer un curso de algo
(degree) coursecarrera f
a course of lecturesun ciclo de conferencias
7. (medicine) 
course of treatmenttratamiento m
8. (of meal) 
a. el plato (M) 
first courseprimer plato
main courseplato principal
9. (for race) 
a. el circuito (M) 
10. (for golf) 
a. el campo (M) (Spain) 
b. la cancha (F) (Latin America) 
11. (for show-jumping) 
a. el recorrido (M) 
intransitive verb
12. (liquid) 
a. correr 
course [kɔːs]
noun
1 (route, direction) [of ship, plane] rumbo (m); [of river] curso (m); [of planet] órbita (f)
on a southerly course con rumbo sur
aircraft avoid mid-air collisions by altering course the cars were on a collision course they took a course away from the coastline the captain was holding a steady course
to change course cambiar de rumbo
the government has changed course on Europe el gobierno ha dado un nuevo rumbo or giro a su política con respecto a Europa
to be/go off course haberse desviado/desviarse de su rumbo
the plane was 300 miles off course el avión se había desviado 300 millas de su rumbo; the boat was blown off course el viento desvió al barco de su rumbo
our production schedule was thrown off course for the next eight weeks the Conservative Party is being blown off course by free-market dogma he got into a couple of relationships where he really went way off course for a while to be [on] course we are on course
we are on course for victory vamos bien encaminados para la victoria
to stay on course/hold one's course
to plot a course (for Jamaica) trazar el rumbo (para ir a Jamaica)
to set (a) course for (Náut) poner rumbo a
to [steer] a course he steered a steady course at low speed he can't be trusted to steer a steady course towards a brighter tomorrow
2 (line of action)
I'd advise you not to follow that course te aconsejaría que no escogieras ese camino; the best course would be to ... lo mejor sería ...
there are several courses open to us if you pursue your present course, you'll fail we have no other course but to ... his life mirrored the downward course of his father's Vietnam has to decide on its course for the future
we have to decide on the best course of action tenemos que decidir cuáles son las mejores medidas a tomar
to [take/follow] a course of action
it's the only course left open to him es la única opción que le queda
3 (process) curso (m)
it changed the course of history/of her life cambió el curso de la historia/de su vida
a series of naval battles which altered the course of history in [due] course
in the normal or ordinary course of events normalmente
\dn the natural course of events\ cows would want to be milked more than twice a day
in the course of
in the course of my work en el cumplimiento de mi trabajo; in the course of conversation en el curso or transcurso de la conversación; in or during the course of the next few days en el curso de los próximos días; in or during the course of the journey durante el viaje
in the course of the 1930s, steel production doubled in the course of construction as a [matter] of course
to let things take or run their course dejar que las cosas sigan su curso
all you can do with a virus is let it run its course
4
of course claro; desde luego; por supuesto; cómo no; especially (LAm) sí pues; (S. Cone)
of course! I should have known ¡pero si está claro! me lo tenía que haber imaginado; "can I have a drink?" — "of course you can" —¿puedo tomar algo de beber? —claro or desde luego or por supuesto que sí; I've read about her in the papers, of course por supuesto, la conozco de los periódicos; of course, I may be wrong claro que puedo estar confundido
"he doesn't have to know how things work" - \"of course he does"\ of course, there were lots of other interesting things to see
of course not! (answering) ¡claro que no!; ¡por supuesto que no!; "can I go?" — "of course not or of course you can't" —¿puedo ir? —claro que no or ni hablar or por supuesto que no
of course I won't do it
5 (Educ) (Univ) curso (m)
I'm going to begin a course on modern literature to [follow] a course (of sth) to [give] a course (of sth)
to go on a course ir a hacer un curso
a course in business administration un curso de administración de empresas
short course cursillo (m)
course of study (gen) estudios (m); (Univ) carrera (f); estudios (m)
undergraduates at Empire State have completed a rigorous course of study judged equivalent to that of a traditional college teachers tried to direct him to another, more suitable, course of study he had no money to pay for a course of study at the college apprentices were obliged to acquire a law degree in a prescribed four-year course of study
to take or do a course in or on sth hacer un curso de algo
6 (Med) (regimen)
she was put on a course of steroids le recetaron esteroides; le pusieron un tratamiento a base de esteroides
the doctor told me to make sure I finished the course I'm feeling low, I think I take a course of vitamins
a course of treatment un tratamiento
7 (Dep) (distance) recorrido (m); (surface) pista (f); (racecourse) hipódromo (m)
200 cyclists cover a course of 2000 miles the course was muddy the race is being run on quite a flat course
golf course campo (m) or cancha (f) (de golf); (S. Cone)
to stay the course no cejar; aguantar hasta el final
the government is determined to stay the course on its nuclear energy policy, especially after two oil crises in the '70s disrupted the nation's economy sooner or later, every gardener who stays the course begins to take a deeper interest in the plants themselves the party seemed to go on for ever but we stayed the course
8 (Cookery) plato (m)
main course plato (m) principal
a three-course meal una comida de tres platos
9 (Náut) (sail) vela (f) mayor
10 (Constr) (layer) [of bricks] hilada (f)
he spent all day laying one course on top of another the house doesn't have a damp course
intransitive verb
[+water, air] correr; [+tears] rodar; [+sweat] caer; [+emotion] invadir
it sent the blood coursing through his veins hacía que la sangre corriera por sus venas; rage/relief coursed through him le invadió la ira/una sensación de alivio
a current of cold air came coursing down the mountain he felt pressure coursing in him as the car went faster pleasure was coursing through her
transitive verb
(Hunting) cazar
they want to ban hare coursing
modifier
course work (n) trabajos (m) (para clase)
your course work will count towards your mark in the final exams you are assessed on your course work as well as in exams GCSEs consisting of 100 per cent coursework are a complete failure
Phrases with "course"
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three-course meal 
la comida de tres platos 
main course 
el plato fuerte 
of course not 
claro que no 
of course 
por supuesto 
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