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"court" in British English

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courtnoun

uk   /kɔːt/  us /kɔːrt/
  • court noun (LAW)

B2 [C usually singular, U] a ​place where ​trials and other ​legalcaseshappen, or the ​peoplepresent in such a ​place, ​especially the ​officials and those ​deciding if someone is ​guilty: Protestors ​gatheredoutside 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 ​evidencemeans that the ​case is ​unlikely to go to court.
take sb to court
to take ​legalaction against someone: She's ​threatening to take me to court for not ​paying the ​bill on ​time.
settle (a case) out of court
to ​solve a ​legaldisagreement without taking ​legalaction: The ​newspaper has ​agreed to ​settle out of court.

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  • court noun (SPORT)

B1 [C] an ​areadrawn out on the ​ground that is used for ​playingsports such as ​tennis and basketball: a ​tennis/​volleyball/​basketball/​squash court They were ​penalized for having too many ​players on the court.

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  • court noun (OPEN AREA)

[C] mainly UK an ​area or a ​shortroad that is not ​covered by a ​roof and is ​mostly or ​completelysurrounded by ​buildings: You really should go and ​see the ​medieval court in the ​castle.
Court mainly UK
used in the ​names of some ​roads, and ​buildingscontainingapartments

courtverb

uk   /kɔːt/  us /kɔːrt/
(Definition of court from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"court" in American English

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courtnoun

 us   /kɔrt, koʊrt/
  • court noun (LAW)

[C/U] the ​place where ​trials and other ​legalcaseshappen: [U] He is ​bringingcharges against us and said, "I’ll ​see you in court." [U] The ​newspaperagreed 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 ​legalcasehappens and sometimes make ​decisions about it.
  • court noun (SPORTS)

[C] a ​rectangulararea used as the ​playingarea in some ​sports: a racquetball/​tennis court

courtverb [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 ​independentvoters, who are ​likely to ​decide the ​election.
  • court verb [T] (RISK)

to ​increase the ​risk of something ​badhappening: If you ​hirepeople who are not very ​sharp or ​creative, you're courting ​disaster.
(Definition of court from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"court" in Business English

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courtnoun

uk   us   /kɔːt/ (also law court, also court of law)
[C or U] LAW a ​room or ​building in which ​trials and ​legalcases are decided, or the ​group of ​people, ​including, for ​example, a ​judge and other ​officials, who listen to and make decisions on ​legalcases: Different courts are ​responsible for different ​types of ​cases. Unless a ​solution can be ​reached, the ​case will go to court later this month. The ​legality of ​electronicsignatures is to be ​tested in court.the court found/held The ​website was ​shut down after a US ​district court ​held that the ​copying of albums was a ​violation of ​copyrightlaw.court case/hearing/trial The court ​case is ​due to be heard next month.
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take sb to court
LAW to take ​legalaction against someone: Unless they ​resolve the matter, I intend to take them to court.
settle (a case) out of court
LAW to end a ​legal disagreement without taking ​legalaction: The ​firm has ​agreed to ​settle out of court.

courtverb [T]

uk   us   /kɔːt/
to ​try to ​attractpeople, especially in ​order get something from them, for ​example, ​attention or ​support: At this ​stage of a presidential race, ​candidatesspend nearly all their ​time courting ​voters in their own ​party. Traditionally, the ​company has courted ​customers aged 50 or over.
FINANCE to ​formally discuss with another ​company the possibility of ​buying or getting ​control of it: The ​company is courting two ​takeovertargets as it prepares to ​grow its ​healthcarebusiness.
(Definition of court from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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