woo

verb \ ˈwü \

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

wooer

noun

Examples of woo in a Sentence

  1. The store had a sale in an effort to woo new customers.

  2. The company must find creative ways to woo new employees.

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Origin and Etymology of woo

Middle English wowen, from Old English wōgian

woo Synonyms

Synonyms
ask (for), flirt (with), invite, court
Related Words
angle (for), fish (for); hunt, search, seek; provoke, tempt

WOO Defined for English Language Learners

woo

verb

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

woo

verb \ ˈwü \

Definition of woo for Students

wooed; wooing
1 :to try to gain the love of
2 :to try to gain
  • The candidates wooed votes.


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