\ 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 Last year, Ugur Sahin flew to New York to woo investors for his company’s initial public offering. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "How a Coronavirus Vaccine Maker’s Stock Went From Dud to Star," 13 Nov. 2020 The streaming service is putting out its fanciest, most dazzling movies to woo the academy. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for November 3: Election, Covid-19, Eta, Kabul, Vienna," 3 Nov. 2020 In the waning days of a presidential race run amid a disruptive and deadly global pandemic, both campaigns and advocacy groups have sent billions of political text messages to woo voters. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Billions of political texts sent in 2020 election's final push," 2 Nov. 2020 And the pool of voters who are undecided dipped by one-third, to 22%, leaving Hegar fewer fence-sitters to woo in pursuit of an upset. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Biden rebounds to edge over Trump in Texas, as Hegar slightly narrows Cornyn’s lead in Senate race," 25 Oct. 2020 Trump insiders say there is little point in spending money on trying to woo women back. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Some Florida Republican women say Trump has turned them off the party for good," 14 Oct. 2020 The findings are a blow to an airline industry trying to woo wary customers as domestic flights slowly come back around the world. Angus Whitley, Bloomberg.com, "Covid-19 Risk on Qantas Flight Highest in Window Seats in Economy Class," 30 Sep. 2020 On energy, Trump is trying to woo voters in Pennsylvania by painting Biden as against coal and natural gas. Washington Post, "Trump’s lead over Biden on the economy appears vulnerable, a potential turning point," 10 Sep. 2020 Trump has tried to woo the region with promises of coal and steel jobs, and insisted but that Biden would eliminate fracking, but Dahlkemper says that message doesn't fly in Erie County. Ben Kamisar, NBC news, "Biden outspent Trump on the airwaves in every key battleground state over past week," 20 Oct. 2020

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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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19 Nov 2020

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“Woo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woo. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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