suit·or | \ˈsü-tər \

Definition of suitor 

1 : one that petitions or entreats

2 : a party to a suit at law

3 : one who courts a woman or seeks to marry her

4 : one who seeks to take over a business

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Synonyms for suitor


gallant, swain, wooer

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Examples of suitor in a Sentence

He was her most persistent suitor, and she eventually agreed to marry him. An unwanted suitor is buying up the company's stock.

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Concerns over a right foot injury scared off a number of would-be suitors for J.D. Martinez, and the slugger didn’t sign a five-year, $110-million deal with the Red Sox until Feb. 26. Mike Digiovanna,, "MLB midseason awards: Mike Trout is the AL MVP," 3 July 2018 Restricted free agency has always been a burden on the mobility of young players, and the matching process occasionally deters would-be suitors from getting involved. Andrew Sharp,, "The Eight Most Interesting Non-LeBron Questions of NBA Free Agency," 28 June 2018 Investors in Shire appeared to take the maneuvering by would-be suitors in stride. Jonathan Saltzman,, "Shire rejects Takeda’s $60 billion takeover bid," 19 Apr. 2018 In addition to Reid, other suitors from Kufrin’s Bachelorette season who will be competing on BiP include Chris Randone, Connor Obrochta, David Ravitz, Joe Amabile, John Graham, Jordan Kimball and Nick Spetsas. Natalie Stone,, "The Bachelorette's Wills Reid Joins Bachelor in Paradise," 10 July 2018 Certainly, if one or both of Higuain and Mandzukic are to leave the club, Juventus would almost certainly block any attempt from Liverpool or other suitors to sign Dybala., "Liverpool Linked With Ambitious Swoop for Juventus Attacker as Bianconeri Look to Seal Ronaldo Deal," 6 July 2018 Nothing has been scheduled by the Los Angeles Angels, who successfully wooed Ohtani in December to knock off six other suitors. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Ohtani might need Tommy John surgery. Are Rangers breathing a sigh of relief?," 11 June 2018 The answer is probably that Fuji was concerned that, with Xerox now a pure-play in document management post-split, other suitors might pounce. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Paper Jam! How Carl Icahn And a Billionaire Partner Blocked Xerox’s Merger with Fujifilm," 21 May 2018 There are a line of other commercial property suitors from just outside the city limits, eager to capitalize should the opportunity arise. John Canzano,, "Canzano: MLB stadium opportunity should not paralyze Portland Public Schools Board," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of suitor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suitor

Middle English sutour, suytour, follower, petitioner, from Anglo-French siuter, suytour, from Latin secutor follower, from sequi to follow — more at sue

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English Language Learners Definition of suitor

: a man who wants to marry a particular woman

: a company that wants to take over another company


suit·or | \ˈsü-tər \

Kids Definition of suitor

: a man who tries to get a woman to marry him


suit·or | \ˈsü-tər \

Legal Definition of suitor 

1 : a party to a suit

2 : one that seeks to take over a business approved the merger before the suitor obtained a 10% stakeWall Street Journal

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