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verb (used with object)
  1. to seek the favor, affection, or love of, especially with a view to marriage.
  2. to seek to win: to woo fame.
  3. to invite (consequences, whether good or bad) by one's own action; court: to woo one's own destruction.
  4. to seek to persuade (a person, group, etc.), as to do something; solicit; importune.
verb (used without object)
  1. to seek the affection or love of someone, usually a woman; court: He was reminded of his youth when he went wooing.
  2. to solicit favor or approval; entreat: Further attempts to woo proved useless.

Origin of woo

before 1050; Middle English wowe, Old English wōgian
Related formswoo·er, nounwoo·ing·ly, adverbun·wooed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wooing

woo

verb woos, wooing or wooed
  1. to seek the affection, favour, or love of (a woman) with a view to marriage
  2. (tr) to seek after zealously or hopefullyto woo fame
  3. (tr) to bring upon oneself (good or evil results) by one's own action
  4. (tr) to beg or importune (someone)
Derived Formswooer, nounwooing, noun

Word Origin

Old English wōgian, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for wooing

woo

v.

Old English wogian, of uncertain origin and with no known cognates; perhaps related to woh, wog- "bent, inclined," as with affection.

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