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To start a romantic or sexual relationship - thesaurus

Synonyms

ask out

to invite someone to go with you to a movie, theater, restaurant, etc. because you want to start a romantic or sexual relationship with them

flirt

verb

to behave toward someone in a way that shows your sexual or romantic interest in them

chat up

to start a conversation with someone because you want to have a sexual or romantic relationship with them

pair off

to start a romantic relationship with someone, or to bring two people together because you want them to have a relationship with each other

chase

verb

to try to get someone to have a sexual relationship with you

run after

informal to try to make someone notice you because you are sexually attracted to them

pick up

informal to start talking to someone because you want to have sex with them

make a pass at someone

to try to start a sexual relationship with someone, for example by talking to them or touching them in a sexual way

sweep someone off their feet

to have a strong effect on someone so that they quickly become attracted to you

have your eye on someone

to be considering trying to start a sexual or romantic relationship with someone

ship

verb

informal to want or support a romantic relationship between fictional characters, usually one that is suggested by fans rather than shown in the work of fiction itself. The couple generally has a "ship name" formed of the names of the two characters.

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come on strong

informal to show very clearly that you are determined to do something, especially to start a sexual relationship with someone

come on to

informal to behave toward someone in a way that shows you would like to have a sexual relationship with them

commit

verb

to decide to have a permanent relationship with someone

commit yourself

to decide to have a permanent relationship with someone

conquer

verb

mainly literary to earn the love, admiration, or respect of someone

crack onto

to try to start a conversation with someone because you are sexually attracted to them

cruise

verb

informal to go around a place trying to find a sexual partner

eye

verb

American to look at someone in a way that shows you are sexually attracted to them

fix up

informal to arrange for two people to meet so that they might begin a romantic relationship

fling yourself at someone

to show that you are interested in someone sexually, in a way that shows a lack of control

get back together

if two people who ended their sexual or romantic relationship get back together, they start having a relationship with each other again

get back with

to start to have a sexual or romantic relationship with someone that you had a relationship with before

get together

informal if two people get together, they start a romantic or sexual relationship

get your claws into someone

informal to get control over someone and make them do what you want, especially in a romantic or sexual relationship

give someone the eye

to look at someone in a way that shows you are sexually attracted to them

go off with

to start a new relationship with someone after leaving the person you were previously having a relationship with

groom

verb

if an adult who is sexually attracted to children grooms a young person, they become friendly with them, for example using Internet chat rooms, so that they can meet them and have illegal sex with them

hit on

informal to try to start a conversation with someone because you are sexually attracted to them

hook up

informal if two people hook up, they start a relationship together, or they start doing something together

invite out

to invite someone to go somewhere such as a restaurant or the movies with you, often because you want to start a romantic or sexual relationship with them

lech after

to look at or behave toward someone in an unpleasant way that shows you are sexually interested in them

leer

verb

to look at someone in an unpleasant way that shows you are sexually interested in them

make a move on someone

to try to start sexual activity with someone

make a play for someone

to try to begin a romantic or sexual relationship with someone by making them notice you

make love

old-fashioned when a man makes love to a woman, he speaks to her in a romantic way

ogle

verb

showing disapproval to keep looking at someone in a way that is too obvious, because you think they are sexually attractive

pay court to someone

to try to make someone like you by showing them how much you admire or love them

play Cupid

to try to make two people begin a romantic relationship

play footsie with someone

to show sexual interest in someone by touching their feet with yours, usually under a table

play hard to get

to pretend not to be interested in someone who you think is sexually attractive in order to make them more interested in you

proposition

verb

to offer to have sex with someone, especially in an offensive way

pull

verb

Britishinformal if you pull someone, that person is attracted to you in a sexual or romantic way

pursue

verb

to keep trying to persuade someone to start a sexual relationship with you

rekindle

verb

to start a friendship or relationship again with someone

renew

verb

to start a friendship or relationship again after a period of time when it stopped existing

rob the cradle

to try to start a romantic or sexual relationship with someone much younger

romance

verb

formalold-fashioned to behave in a romantic way toward someone

seduce

verb

to persuade someone to have sex with you

set your cap for/at someone

to try to make someone fall in love with you

sniff around

to try to persuade someone to have a sexual relationship with you

strike up a friendship/conversation etc. (with someone)

to start something such as a relationship or conversation with someone in an informal way

throw yourself at someone

to make it obvious that you think someone is sexually attractive

the way to someone’s heart

the way to make someone love you

win/capture/steal someone’s heart

to make someone start to love you

woo

verb

old-fashioned if a man woos a woman, he tries to start a romantic relationship with her and to persuade her to marry him

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