American English

Definition of court verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they court
    he / she / it courts
    past simple courted
    -ing form courting
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    try to please
  1. 1[transitive] court somebody to try to please someone in order to get something you want, especially the support of a person, an organization, etc. synonym cultivate Both candidates have spent the last month courting the media.
  2. try to get
  3. 2[transitive] court something (formal) to try to obtain something He has never courted popularity.
  4. invite something bad
  5. 3[transitive] court something (formal) to do something that might result in something unpleasant happening to court danger/death/disaster As a politician he has often courted controversy.
  6. have relationship
  7. 4[transitive] court somebody (old-fashioned) if a man courts a woman, he spends time with her and tries to make her love him, so that they can get married He had been courting Jane for six months.
  8. 5be courting [intransitive] (old-fashioned) (of a man and a woman) to have a romantic relationship before getting married At that time they had been courting for several years. see also courtship
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: court