Meaning of “suitor” in the English Dictionary

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"suitor" in British English

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suitornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsuː.tər/ /ˈsjuː.tər/ us /ˈsuː.t̬ɚ/

literary a man who wants to marry a particular woman:

It's the story of a young woman who can't make up her mind which of her many suitors she should marry.

specialized finance & economics a person or company who wants to take control of another company:

PJH Corporation said it had been approached by two possible suitors who had submitted bids to buy the company.

(Definition of “suitor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suitor" in American English

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suitornoun [ C ]

us /ˈsut̬·ər/

a man who wants a particular woman to agree to marry him

A suitor is also a person or company that wants to take control of another company.

(Definition of “suitor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"suitor" in Business English

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suitornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsuːtər/ us FINANCE

a company that wants to buy another company:

a suitor for sth A German private equity firm is understood to be one of the suitors for the company.
Likely suitors include utilities and independent oil and gas companies.
a potential/possible/rival suitor Potential suitors for the bank have not yet come up with any firm bids.

(Definition of “suitor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)