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court

noun  us   /kɔrt, koʊrt/

court noun (LAW)

[C/U] the place where trials and other legal cases happen: [U] He is bringing charges against us and said, "I’ll see you in court." [U] The newspaper agreed to settle the case out of court (= agreed to a deal that avoided a trial). [C/U] The court is the judge or judges who are in charge of the way a legal case happens and sometimes make decisions about it.

court noun (SPORTS)

[C] a rectangular area used as the playing area in some sports: a racquetball/tennis court

court

verb [T]  us   /kɔrt, koʊrt/

court verb [T] (PLEASE)

to try to please someone in the hope of receiving that person's support, approval, or affection, or to try to get something that benefits you: Both candidates had been courting independent voters, who are likely to decide the election.

court verb [T] (RISK)

to increase the risk of something bad happening: If you hire people who are not very sharp or creative, you're courting disaster.
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