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court

[ kawrt, kohrt ]
/ kɔrt, koʊrt /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to seek another's love; woo.
(of animals) to engage in certain species-specific behaviors in order to attract individuals of the opposite sex for mating.

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RELATED WORDS

sue, invite, pursue, seek, please, entice, praise, woo, charm, solicit, propose, cultivate, attract, gallant, serenade, sweetheart, beseech, flatter, bid, grovel

Nearby words

courser, courses, courseware, coursework, coursing, court, court card, court christian, court circular, court cupboard, court dance

Idioms

    hold court,
    1. to have a formal assembly of a judicial tribunal or one held by a sovereign.
    2. to be surrounded by one's disciples or admirers, giving advice, exchanging gossip, receiving compliments, etc.
    out of court,
    1. without a legal hearing; privately: The case will be settled out of court.
    2. out of the question; undeserving of discussion: This wild scheme is entirely out of court.

Origin of court

1125–75; Middle English co(u)rt < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cohort- (stem of cohors) farmyard; see cohort
Related formsout·court, verb (used with object)un·court·ed, adjectiveun·court·ing, adjectivewell-court·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcaught court cot
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British Dictionary definitions for courted (1 of 2)

court

/ (kɔːt) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for court

C12: from Old French, from Latin cohors cohort

British Dictionary definitions for courted (2 of 2)

Court

/ (kɔːt) /

noun

Margaret (née Smith). born 1942, Australian tennis player, winner of a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles: Australian Open champion 1960–66, 1969–71, and 1973; US Open champion 1962, 1965, 1969–70, and 1973; Wimbledon champion 1963, 1965, and 1970; French Open champion 1962, 1965, 1969–70, and 1973
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Idioms and Phrases with courted

court


see ball's in your court; day in court; friend in court; hold court; kangaroo court; laugh out of court; pay court to.

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