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To start a romantic or sexual relationship - synonyms or related words

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



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



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

run after


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

pick up


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


sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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