Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

court - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb court pronunciation in British English /kɔː(r)t/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theycourt
he/she/itcourts
present participlecourting
past tensecourted
past participlecourted
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [transitive] to try to impress or please someone because you want them to help you in some way
    politicians courting middle-class voters
    Suddenly, she’s being courted by newspapers and television reporters every night.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to make special efforts to get something that will benefit you
    For years they had been courting influence in Britain’s major companies.
    court publicity/popularity: He courted publicity and then complained about his loss of privacy.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to behave in a way that is likely to bring a bad result
    court disaster/danger/scandal: To ignore her advice would be courting disaster.

normcore

a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

boutonnière

a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog