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verb court pronunciation in British English /kɔː(r)t/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecourting
past tensecourted
past participlecourted
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  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.


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

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