\ˈwü \
wooed; wooing; woos

Definition of woo 

transitive verb

1 : to sue for the affection of and usually marriage with : court

2 : to solicit or entreat especially with importunity woo new customers

3 : to seek to gain or bring about

intransitive verb

: to court a woman

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Other Words from woo

wooer noun

Examples of woo in a Sentence

The store had a sale in an effort to woo new customers. The company must find creative ways to woo new employees.

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The actor might be most recognizable to Netflix fans as Adam Galloway, a suave photographer who once wooed Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) in the political drama House of Cards. Yohana Desta, HWD, "The Crown Has Crowned Its New Lord Snowdon," 22 June 2018 Over the past 12 months, Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook have each launched new suites of tools meant to woo creators. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Instagram Launches IGTV, A New Video Platform You'll Spend Hours On," 20 June 2018 Trump is wooing black voters by accepting the friendship of people like the comedian Steve Harvey, who believes that wealthy is a choice, and Kanye, who believes that slavery was a choice. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Black People Aren’t Stupid: The False Notion That Kanye and Kim Are Helping Trump Win Black Voters," 11 June 2018 Locals have figured out how to woo vibrant Baltimore orioles to the Palmetto State. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Grape Jelly is Apparently Luring Maryland’s State Bird to South Carolina," 11 May 2018 This is a man who managed to woo both Kristen Stewart and FKA Twigs, two of the flyest humans in the universe. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "Robert Pattinson Pulls Off Mustard Yellow Jeans," 17 Feb. 2018 Some Trick feature a reclusive Dutch writer who is wooed by a group of American admirers, and a rock-and-roll musician who refuses to sign albums for his fans. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "The Anguished Comedy of Helen DeWitt," 25 June 2018 The nine constants paid a visit to the veteran entertainer, known to his fans as Mr. Las Vegas, and his wife, for some advice on wooing the ladies with song. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Wayne Newton Teaches the Men How to Serenade With 'Danke Schoen' on 'The Bachelorette': Watch," 26 June 2018 BiP, for those unfamiliar, is a version of The Bachelor where contestants aren't necessarily tied to wooing just one contestant. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Here's Who We Know Is Going To Bachelor In Paradise," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of woo

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for woo

Middle English wowen, from Old English wōgian

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English Language Learners Definition of woo

: to try to make (someone) love you : to try to have a romantic relationship with (someone)

: to try to attract (someone, such as a customer, voter, worker, etc.) : to attempt to persuade (someone) to buy something from you, vote for you, work for you, etc.


\ˈwü \
wooed; wooing

Kids Definition of woo

1 : to try to gain the love of

2 : to try to gain The candidates wooed votes.

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