Certainly vs Course - What's the difference?

certainly | course |

As an adverb certainly

is in a way which is certain; with certainty.

As a verb course is





(en adverb)
  • In a way which is certain; with certainty.
  • *, I.iii.2.2:
  • *:he verily thought he had young live frogs in his belly, qui vivebant ex alimento suo , that lived by his nourishment, and was so certainly persuaded of it, that for many years following he could not be rectified in his conceit.
  • Without doubt, surely.
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  • *:So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills,a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Gary Younge)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution , passage=WikiLeaks did not cause these uprisings but it certainly informed them. The dispatches revealed details of corruption and kleptocracy that many Tunisians suspected, but could not prove, and would cite as they took to the streets.}}
  • An emphatic affirmative answer; of course.
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  • Synonyms

    * absolutely, beyond doubt, indubitably, sure thing, undoubtedly, wis, without a doubt

    Coordinate terms

    * maybe, possibly, arguably, questionably, probably, perhaps

    Derived terms

    * most certainly


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    (en noun)
  • A sequence of events.
  • # A normal or customary sequence.
  • #* Shakespeare
  • The course of true love never did run smooth.
  • #* Milton
  • Day and night, / Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost, / Shall hold their course .
  • # A programme, a chosen manner of proceeding.
  • # Any ordered process or sequence or steps.
  • # A learning program, as in a school.
  • #* 1661 , , The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
  • During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant
  • #* {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The attack of the MOOCs , passage=Since the launch early last year of […] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses , the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.}}
  • # A treatment plan.
  • # A stage of a meal.
  • # The succession of one to another in office or duty; order; turn.
  • #* Bible, 2 Chron. viii. 14
  • He appointed the courses of the priests.
  • A path that something or someone moves along.
  • # The itinerary of a race.
  • # A racecourse.
  • # The path taken by a flow of water; a watercourse.
  • # (sports) The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc.
  • # (golf) A golf course.
  • # (nautical) The direction of movement of a vessel at any given moment.
  • # (navigation) The intended passage of voyage, such as a boat, ship, airplane, spaceship, etc.
  • (nautical) The lowest square sail in a fully rigged mast, often named according to the mast.
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  • A row or file of objects.
  • # (masonry) A row of bricks or blocks.
  • # (roofing) A row of material that forms the roofing, waterproofing or flashing system.
  • # (textiles) In weft knitting, a single row of loops connecting the loops of the preceding and following rows.
  • (music) A string on a lute.
  • (music) A pair of strings played together in some musical instruments, like the vihuela.
  • Derived terms

    * bird course * courseless * courselike * crash course * due course * let nature take its course * massive open online course (MOOC) * of course * off course * on course


  • To run or flow (especially of liquids and more particularly blood).
  • The oil coursed through the engine.
    Blood pumped around the human body courses throughout all its veins and arteries.
  • * 2013 , Martina Hyde, Is the pope Catholic?'' (in ''The Guardian , 20 September 2013)[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/20/is-pope-catholic-atheists-gay-people-abortion]
  • He is a South American, so perhaps revolutionary spirit courses through Francis's veins. But what, pray, does the Catholic church want with doubt?
  • To run through or over.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • The bounding steed courses the dusty plain.
  • To pursue by tracking or estimating the course taken by one's prey; to follow or chase after.
  • * Shakespeare
  • We coursed him at the heels.
  • To cause to chase after or pursue game.
  • to course greyhounds after deer


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