Definition of woo
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
: to court a woman
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 of woo from the Web
A Clermont County hotel-tax hike designed to woo an FC Cincinnati training facility to Batavia has survived a battle to remove it from the state budget.
From the late 1970s, the elder Mr. Xi was a senior official in Guangdong Province, next to Hong Kong, and wooed cross-border investment by backing new special economic zones.
There was new talk among key GOP figures about wooing moderates by altering the bill’s Medicaid changes, according to two people involved who would not speak publicly.
Levine lobbied fellow mayors to bring the Conference’s annual meeting to Miami Beach in 2017, and securing the event required him to form a host committee and raise more than $4 million in cash and donations to woo attendees and put on the event.
But guests arriving at the Cerruti display witnessed one — and flocked to take in a major aquatic spectacle happening on and below the gilded Alexandre III bridge as Paris tried to woo Olympic officials in its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Immediate Future Metro isn’t waiting until 2019 to try to woo riders back.
The other enticement to woo movie patrons, especially women, was a promotional gimmick very popular during these same Great Depression years, which promised a cup or dish to anyone who purchased a movie ticket.
Open since March, the new industrial-chic Channel Brewing Co. taproom woos passers-by with its huge sunlit windows, airy interior and blond wood tables.
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Origin and Etymology of woo
Middle English wowen, from Old English wōgian
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
WOO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of woo for English Language Learners
: 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.
WOO Defined for Kids
Definition of woo for Students
1 : to try to gain the love of
2 : to try to gain The candidates wooed votes.
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