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court

verb
 
 
/kɔːt/
PLEASE [T] to try to please someone because you want them to support you or join you: Adams was being courted by several football clubs.Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
TRY TO GET [T] to try to get or achieve something: to court investment/publicityTrying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
RELATIONSHIP [I, T] old-fashioned to have a romantic relationship with someone that you hope to marry: They courted for two years before getting married.Finding a partner
court controversy/danger/disaster, etc to behave in a way that risks bad resultsTaking risksGambling and bookmaking
(Definition of court verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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