\ ˈwü How to pronounce woo (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Douglas was one half of a two-part push by the Bloomberg campaign to woo Wisconsin voters Saturday. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Actor Michael Douglas, former mayor of Gary, Indiana, woo Wisconsin voters for Bloomberg," 8 Feb. 2020 There are infinite ways to woo your loved one this Valentines Day: Fancy chocolate, giant teddy bears and unfortunate attempts at poetry. Aj Willingham, CNN, "What a great week for rescue pets!," 7 Feb. 2020 Amazon Prime Indian over-the-top (OTT) streaming platforms have managed to woo some of Bollywood’s biggest names to create content for them. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "“Thankfully there’s no censorship on OTT, but sensationalism will only provoke authorities”," 23 Jan. 2020 Netflix has used those deep pockets to launch historically expensive Oscar campaigns, hoping to woo voters the old-school way, with lavish parties and elaborate advertisements. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Netflix has taken over the Oscars," 13 Jan. 2020 President Trump has made serious efforts to woo Kim back to negotiations. Ved Nanda, The Denver Post, "Nanda: Convince Kim Jong Un that America not only can but is willing to use military force," 27 Dec. 2019 Officials with Ralph Anderson & Associates prepared a 25-page informational packet in an effort to woo township directors into retaining the firm. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands hires search firm to find new general manager," 26 Nov. 2019 The Trump administration’s efforts to woo India are in many ways a continuation of a foreign policy pursued by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. New York Times, "U.S.-India Defense Ties Grow Closer as Shared Concerns in Asia Loom," 20 Nov. 2019 The only black House Republican, a critic of President Donald Trump's, has joined a growing list of GOP lawmakers not seeking reelection next year, jarring the party's efforts to woo minority voters and recapture House control. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, "Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, 1 of 2 black Republicans in Congress, won’t run for re-election," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of woo was before the 12th century

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25 Feb 2020

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“Woo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woo. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of woo

old-fashioned : 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 How to pronounce woo (audio) \
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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