Courting
Court Court, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Courted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Courting}.] 1. To endeavor to gain the favor of by attention or flattery; to try to ingratiate one's self with. [1913 Webster]

By one person, hovever, Portland was still assiduously courted. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To endeavor to gain the affections of; to seek in marriage; to woo. [1913 Webster]

If either of you both love Katharina . . . Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To attempt to gain; to solicit; to seek. [1913 Webster]

They might almost seem to have courted the crown of martyrdom. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

Guilt and misery . . . court privacy and solitude. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

4. To invite by attractions; to allure; to attract. [1913 Webster]

A well-worn pathway courted us To one green wicket in a privet hedge. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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