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court

2 verb
     
court2 [transitive]
1 to try hard to please someone, especially because you want something from them:
His campaign team have assiduously courted the media.
2

court danger/death etc

formal to behave in a way that makes danger etc more likely:
To have admitted this would have courted political disaster.
3

be courting

old-fashioned if a man and a woman are courting, they are having a romantic relationship and may get married:
That was back in the 1960s when we were courting.
4 old-fashioned if a man courts a woman, he spends time being nice to her because he hopes to marry her

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