\ 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.

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Uber wooed him to gain an edge in self-driving techniques. Mike Isaac, New York Times, "Former Star Google and Uber Engineer Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets," 27 Aug. 2019 During Monday’s episode, the two men engaged in an altercation and were subsequently kicked off the show when Kimball, 27, attempted to rip a piñata Estrada had set up for Nicole Lopez-Alvar because his friend, Clay Harbor, was also wooing her. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "BiP's Christian Estrada Challenges Jordan Kimball, Denies Dating 90 Day Fiancé's Ashley Martson," 23 Aug. 2019 Tommy planned to woo her in his catering van, and his charms are harder to resist than Simone expected — even with the pastrami smells wafting in the cramped vehicle. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Watch Lucy Liu get flirty and make out in a 'mobile sex den' in exclusive Why Women Kill clip," 21 Aug. 2019 After his new bride reveals her nasty nature, a man meets the woman who may be his real soul mate and tries to woo her. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 American is wooing them with free preferred seats and priority access through security checkpoints. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "American, Southwest airlines both expand efforts to lure business travelers," 5 Aug. 2019 Similar to first dates, tech platforms woo us with vibrant design and privacy pop-ups that fan into a showy display, like a Mandarin drake looking for a mate, only to later neglect us. Pamela Pavliscak, Quartz, "Forget AI ethics—treat technology like a new relationship instead," 2 Aug. 2019 Within hours of Garrett’s Monday announcement, a handful of hopefuls from Fauquier County to Danville began wooing the GOP committee members in his district, looking to lock up a majority — 19 votes — needed to clinch the nomination. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "‘Raw democracy in action’: How the GOP will replace Rep. Thomas Garrett on ballot," 1 June 2018 By the time of Kalanick began wooing Levandowski, the once-cordial relationship between Uber and Google was souring. Michael Liedtke, Houston Chronicle, "Former Uber CEO gets grilled in high-tech heist case," 6 Feb. 2018

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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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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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