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English definition of “court”

court

noun (LAW)    /kɔːt/ US  /kɔːrt/
B2 [C usually singular, U] a place where trials and other legal cases happen, or the people present in such a place, especially the officials and those deciding if someone is guilty: Protestors gathered outside the court to await the verdict. He's due to appear in court again on Monday. Please describe to the court exactly what you saw. the European Court of Human Rights The lack of evidence means that the case is unlikely to go to court.Law courtsJudges and juries take sb to court to take legal action against someone: She's threatening to take me to court for not paying the bill on time.Taking legal action settle (a case) out of court to solve a legal disagreement without taking legal action: The newspaper has agreed to settle out of court.Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
(Definition of court noun (LAW) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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