Definition of in the course of — in US English:

in the course of —


  • 1Undergoing the specified process.

    ‘a new text book was in the course of preparation’
    • ‘When this judgment was in course of preparation counsel drew my attention to three additional cases.’
    • ‘The plans for the new station are in course of preparation, but nothing definite has been decided in this connection pending the formation of the new terminal company.’
    • ‘The objection to the application was made by the man who was appointed manager of the establishment when it was in course of construction.’
    • ‘The quality and degree of validation of decisions determine employment efficiency, cost and operational characteristics of the Air Force in course of development.’
    • ‘Suppose that the same gene produces many processed pseudogenes in the course of its evolution.’
    • ‘The company continued to invest in fleet upgrading with 40 new vehicles delivered during the year and a further 38 vehicles in course of delivery this month.’
    • ‘Single monomers undergo conformational changes in the course of the simulation.’
    • ‘We all go through this process, and in the course of it we lose the ability just to be ourselves.’
    • ‘It is prohibited to burn vegetation between the 1st of March and the 31st of August growing on any land which is at the time not cultivated or not in course of cultivation for agriculture or forestry.’
    • ‘It therefore refers to what is aleatory, temporal and in course of development.’
  • 2During the specified period.

    ‘he was a friend to many people in the course of his life’
    • ‘This happened as the draft Broadcasting Bill made its way through Parliament in the course of 1980.’
    • ‘A series of political crises in the course of this period mark the decay of the old bourgeois-democratic framework.’
    • ‘In course of their progress to the finals, some excellent matches were played.’
    • ‘Some natural mechanism for protection from light-induced damages should exist, since the eye developed in course of evolution under relatively stable conditions of lighting.’
    • ‘Two years passed and I hadn't seen the boy more than five times in the course of that period.’
    • ‘Many of the children read over 20 books in the course of a four week period.’
    • ‘Research is needed to refine the interventions so they better address different types of families, in different situations, and at different points in course of illness.’
    • ‘That is indisputable, nevertheless, in the course of this period many battles took place.’
    • ‘How, then did the natural environment change in the course of this period?’
    • ‘Only gradually in the course of this period were polities defined in clear terms of territory and explicit geographical sensibility.’
    duration, passing, passage, lapse, period, term, span, spell, sweep
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    1. 2.1 During and as a part of the specified activity.
      ‘they became friends in the course of their long walks’
      • ‘The winning team gets $6000 shopping vouchers along with all the items purchased in course of the final challenge.’
      • ‘I concluded my talk saying that in course of my work I had seen a mother ready to sacrifice everything for her children.’
      • ‘This was made clear to us in course of many conversations in Gujarat.’
      • ‘Your Honour is capable, of course, to deal with them in course of argument.’
      • ‘I think one of the things, though, that I have discovered in course of researches that I've made is that the Prince really was very much a part-time father.’
      • ‘The group undergoes many trials in the course of their journey.’
      • ‘It is not a serendipitous finding where in course of another research you discover that such an activity is good for health.’
      • ‘In the law books obviously there are some provisions for punishing police officers for misconduct in course of their duties.’