\ 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 With a Leave vote of nearly 70%, Ashfield is a test bed for the Conservatives’ strategy of wooing Labour supporters who backed Brexit. The Economist, "Ashfield, the strangest seat in Britain’s election," 21 Nov. 2019 As the play starts, Sir John is broke and determined to improve his finances by wooing two married women. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Review: ‘Merry Wives’ over-the-top but not all together," 16 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, The Breakers in Palm Beach and The Yacht Club at Boca Raton Resort & Club have all emerged within the past year from multimillion dollar transformations aimed at wooing high end guests. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Hotel boom means more rooms, more variety for tourists and business travelers in Palm Beach County," 26 Oct. 2019 CyrusOne’s Chandler facility was not only the company’s most ambitious, but the biggest to realize its strategy of wooing clients through ultrafast, just-in-time construction. Bianca Bosker, The Atlantic, "Why Everything Is Getting Louder," 8 Oct. 2019 The show of love capped weeks of wooing by Democrats - and some Republicans - as Election Day draws closer and Morrissey’s political rebirth seems assured. Washington Post, "Once a pariah among Virginia Democrats, Joe Morrissey is now the belle of the ball," 3 Oct. 2019 In wooing new jobs and encouraging foreign trade, the secretary of state is a player in state economic development. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott taps Hispanic former aide as secretary of state after noncitizen voter flap," 19 Aug. 2019 The Bard’s comedy of an aging Falstaff seeking fortune and security by wooing two women who want no part of him (but who appreciate the chance to pull a good prank or two), presented by the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Billy Joel, Carol Burnett, Trifecta Food Truck and Music Festival and more," 21 July 2019 Hyland previously dated Shadowhunters actor Dominic Sherwood, and Adams sparked romance rumors with close friend Danielle Maltby on their season of Bachelor in Paradise after wooing JoJo Fletcher on The Bachelorette. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Modern Family's Sarah Hyland and The Bachelorette's Wells Adams Are Engaged!," 16 July 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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Woo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wooer. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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