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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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The Pacers are basically paying twice here -- both in enough salary to beat out other suitors for Brogdon and in giving up the first-round pick to ensure the Bucks didn't match their offer. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Some question, most love Pacers' signings of Brogdan, Lamb," 1 July 2019 The question now is how willing the Warriors will be to get into a bidding war for Bell with other suitors. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors make Jordan Bell a restricted free agent," 28 June 2019 To be eligible, potential suitors must be at least 21 years old, single, with no criminal record and currently not running for office. Joey Morona,, "The Bachelor/The Bachelorette auditions coming to Cleveland in July," 24 June 2019 Other suitors include cable operators Charter Communications Inc. and Altice USA Inc., the people said. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Dish Leads Bidding to Buy Assets From Sprint, T-Mobile," 14 June 2019 The squid’s immune system recognizes and nurtures only this one type of bacteria within the light organ, warding off all other suitors. Quanta Magazine, "New Squid Genome Shines Light on Symbiotic Evolution," 19 Feb. 2019 The catch is that any potential suitor must also take on forward Chandler Parsons and his albatross of a contract that carries a cap hit of just over $24 million for this season and the next. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "NBA Mock Draft 5.0: Mavs get two picks in the top 5? Let us explain," 20 June 2018 Both players are bound for free agency, and while Thompson, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, is likely to re-sign with the Warriors, Durant will still have several suitors despite tearing his Achilles’ tendon in the finals. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Pelicans Agree to Trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers," 15 June 2019 Leading the list of possible suitors for the striker are Manchester United, who have seemingly been linked to every player under the age of 30 since the end of the season., "Sebastien Haller: 5 Things to Know About the 'Bulldozer' Linked With Manchester United," 5 June 2019

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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

old-fashioned : a man who wants to marry a particular woman
technical : a company that wants to take over another company


suit·​or | \ ˈsü-tər How to pronounce suitor (audio) \

Kids Definition of suitor

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


suit·​or | \ ˈsü-tər How to pronounce suitor (audio) \

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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