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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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Last month, Beijing issued regulations that effectively said ByteDance would need a license to sell its technology to an American suitor. David Mccabe, New York Times, "TikTok’s Proposed Deal Seeks to Mollify U.S. and China," 14 Sep. 2020 In this genus, at least, the test thrust is one way for the suitor to confirm that his target partner is, in fact, the right fit for his intromittent legs. Emily Willingham, Wired, "Does a Millipede Have a Penis? Well ... Define 'Penis'," 22 Sep. 2020 Milke's former roommate and would-be suitor James Styers, and his friend Roger Scott, carried out the murder together. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, "Judge threatens to dismiss Debra Milke's wrongful conviction suit over claims she destroyed and hid evidence," 18 Sep. 2020 Its filing comes a day after its former suitor, Town Sports International Holdings Inc., the parent of New York Sports Clubs, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Katherine Doherty,, "Flywheel Sports Will Close, Adding to Fitness Chain Wreckage," 15 Sep. 2020 Microsoft bowed out Sunday, after the owner of TikTok reportedly picked Oracle as its preferred suitor. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: W. Coast wildfires or 'climate fires'?," 14 Sep. 2020 Ingram will turn 31 years old before the end of his second season with the Ravens, his free-agent suitor in 2019 after eight years with the New Orleans Saints. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Mark Ingram retains ‘burning desire to prove that I’m one of the best’," 11 Sep. 2020 Sudan has also been named as a likely suitor, although its public messaging has been mixed. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "After historic Israel-UAE flight, other Muslim-majority countries considering to follow suit," 3 Sep. 2020 Last week, Walmart emerged as a possible suitor, in collaboration with tech company Microsoft, for the U.S. business of TikTok, the fast-growing video app with more than 100 million users. CBS News, "Walmart launching Walmart Plus to compete with Amazon Prime," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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9 Oct 2020

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“Suitor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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