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Definition of courtship noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] (old-fashioned) the time when two people have a romantic relationship before they get married; the process of developing this relationship They married after a short courtship. Mr. Elton's courtship of Harriet
  2. 2[uncountable] the special way animals behave in order to attract a mate for producing young animals courtship displays
  3. 3courtship (of somebody/something) (formal) the process or act of attracting a business partner, etc. the company's courtship by the government
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