Definition of of course in English:

of course

See synonyms for of course

Translate of course into Spanish


  • 1Used to introduce an idea or turn of events as being obvious or to be expected.

    ‘the point is of course that the puzzle itself is misleading’
    • ‘This of course entails the idea that the ruling ideology doesn't take itself seriously.’
    • ‘This all seemed a great idea in principle but of course the numbers don't work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is, of course, obvious that such an approach is predicated on the lawfulness of the policy.’
    • ‘Many improvements were made, of course, but the idea remained remarkably the same.’
    • ‘It is, of course, obvious that it is not only actions that are bound to succeed that have a value.’
    • ‘The only problem, of course, is that it's never a good idea to use a genius as your warm-up act.’
    • ‘Assuming, of course, they were ever really expected to be taking part in the first place.’
    • ‘The most obvious way of dealing with the waste is of course not to produce it in the first place.’
    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
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Used 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
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2Introducing a qualification or admission.
      ‘of course we've been in touch by phone, but I wanted to see things for myself’
      • ‘They must have thought we were on a pleasure cruise, and of course in lots of ways we were.’
      • ‘That's assuming that blogging and the column both last another year of course.’
      • ‘Oh, of course, he had invited me to tea, but been asked out himself, and forgotten all about me.’
      • ‘Hope you enjoy this so far, of course I am very critical so have no idea how good this actually is.’
      • ‘This is all very positive for me, of course, but it is also good for the team.’
      • ‘My solicitors have indeed attended today, although of course they are not legal aided at all.’
      yes, certainly, definitely, absolutely, by all means, with pleasure
      View synonyms