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verb     court pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecourting
past tensecourted
past participlecourted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to try to impress or please someone because you want them to help you in some way

    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.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] old-fashioned to have a romantic relationship with someone, especially someone that you get married to later


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