Definition of of course in English:

of course

phrase

  • 1Used to introduce an idea or action as being obvious or to be expected.

    ‘the point is of course that the puzzle itself is misleading’
    • ‘Many improvements were made, of course, but the idea remained remarkably the same.’
    • ‘It is, of course, obvious that such an approach is predicated on the lawfulness of the policy.’
    • ‘The most obvious way of dealing with the waste is of course not to produce it in the first place.’
    • ‘Older people cannot, of course, be expected to know what they might care to do with their time.’
    • ‘It is expected of them, of course, and most of the time it is pretty tedious stuff.’
    • ‘The only problem, of course, is that it's never a good idea to use a genius as your warm-up act.’
    • ‘This all seemed a great idea in principle but of course the numbers don't work.’
    • ‘This of course entails the idea that the ruling ideology doesn't take itself seriously.’
    • ‘Assuming, of course, they were ever really expected to be taking part in the first place.’
    • ‘It is, of course, obvious that it is not only actions that are bound to succeed that have a value.’
    naturally, as might be expected, as one would expect, as you would expect, needless to say, not unexpectedly, certainly, to be sure, as was anticipated, as a matter of course
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    1. 1.1 Used to give or emphasize agreement or permission.
      ‘‘Can I see you for a minute?’ ‘Of course.’’
      • ‘Oh yes, sure I got messages from others, and of course I was ecstatic to hear from them.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that we want to do well and of course we will try and win the championship if that is possible.’
      yes, certainly, definitely, absolutely, by all means, with pleasure
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    2. 1.2 Introducing a qualification or admission.
      ‘of course we've been in touch by phone, but I wanted to see things for myself’
      • ‘My solicitors have indeed attended today, although of course they are not legal aided at all.’
      • ‘They must have thought we were on a pleasure cruise, and of course in lots of ways we were.’
      • ‘Hope you enjoy this so far, of course I am very critical so have no idea how good this actually is.’
      • ‘Oh, of course, he had invited me to tea, but been asked out himself, and forgotten all about me.’
      • ‘That's assuming that blogging and the column both last another year of course.’
      • ‘This is all very positive for me, of course, but it is also good for the team.’
      yes, certainly, definitely, absolutely, by all means, with pleasure
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