court - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] legal a place where trials take place and legal cases are decided, especially in front of a judge and a jury or a magistrate.
    in court:

    The letter was read aloud in court.

    appear in court:

    Duggan will appear in court on Monday.

    1. a.

      the court

      [singular] the people in a court, especially the judge and jury

      A police officer told the court that he had seen Brown leaving the house.

      the evidence before the court (=being considered by the court)

    2. b.
      [only before noun] done by a court or relating to a court

      They are dropping their court case against him.

      She got a court injunction banning her husband from her home.

    3. c.
      [uncountable] used for referring to the process of taking a legal action against someone
      go to court (=begin a court case):

      She threatened to go to court if he did not pay up.

      take someone to court (=begin a case against someone):

      Lynn took her employers to court for compensation.

      come to court (=start to be discussed in court):

      It took five years for the case to come to court.

      settle out of court (=agree to pay someone in order to avoid a court case):

      Mr Lodge settled out of court for £50,000.

    4. d.

      the courts

      [plural] the system of courts that decide legal cases

      You can always try to get your money back through the courts.

      The courts ruled that the company are entitled to make a fair profit.

    See also court of appeal
  2. 2
    [countable] an area marked with lines where some sports are played, such as tennis and squash
    tennis/squash/basketball/badminton court:

    The hotel has two tennis courts.

    on court:

    The players had been on court for over two hours.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the place where a king or queen lives and works
    1. a.

      the court

      [singular] a king or queen, together with their family and their servants, advisers etc

      an influential member of the court of Henry VIII

  4. 4


    used in the names of large houses or blocks of flats

    They live at 27 Mallory Court.

  5. 5
    [countable] a courtyard
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