\ 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 In South Korea, Netflix has so far relied heavily on both its originals and licensed content to woo viewers. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Netflix Wants You to Binge Watch More Korean Dramas," 25 Feb. 2021 T-Mobile also announced on Monday promotional pricing for multiline unlimited accounts and a new program to woo switchers with more discounts. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "T-Mobile brings back truly unlimited high-speed data plan for 5G," 22 Feb. 2021 Two billboards fashioned as mock tweets by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez debuted over downtown San Francisco roadways this week, part of a campaign to woo remote workers to Florida’s burgeoning tech hub. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, "Miami tries to woo Bay Area tech workers, firms with S.F. billboard campaign," 18 Feb. 2021 Also, in an attempt to help woo NASDAQ Inc. to North Texas, Abbott’s document calls for a constitutional amendment to ban any form of a state tax on financial transactions. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spices his budget proposal with talk of fighting vote fraud, defunding police," 5 Feb. 2021 With President Trump poised to be removed as a common enemy, Biden will now have to woo Republicans while wrangling the more liberal factions of his party. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden begins presidency caught between GOP opposition and demands of far Left," 19 Jan. 2021 To guard against the possibility of Democratic defections, Mr. Sanders might also need to woo some Republicans, even after their party made his potential chairmanship a point of attack in recent elections. New York Times, "Atop the Powerful Budget Committee at Last, Bernie Sanders Wants to Go Big," 12 Jan. 2021 Transportation networks in countries where infections have remained relatively low — such as Taiwan and South Korea — can offer clues to the shape of post-Covid-19 transit and tips about how to woo wary passengers back. NBC News, "Can public transportation survive the pandemic? Experts warn of 'death spiral'," 27 Dec. 2020 This breeding time, known as the rut, sees all sorts of males lock antlers to woo a mate. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "White-tailed deer: These icons of Texas roam most of the U.S.," 12 Jan. 2021

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Woo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woo. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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