\ 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 Reno’s wooing of these tech giants has jump-started the gentrification of its urban core. Anjeanette Damon, USA Today, "High heels, high tech, high stakes: What happened when Reno tried to kick out its strip clubs," 29 Oct. 2019 But Morris Jeff had trouble wooing N.S.N.O. * The Walton, Broad, and Gates foundations have all been major donors to N.S.N.O., though Walton also allocates funds directly to charters. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019 When wooing a female, a male screeches right into her face at 125 dB, about the loudness of speakers at a rock concert. National Geographic, "Can elephants sway an election?," 24 Oct. 2019 Citing her concern for the city’s working class, Ocasio-Cortez joined fellow progressives in Albany to lobby against the tax breaks that the city used to woo the corporate giant. Jack Crowe, National Review, "A Democrat, and Social Conservative, Challenges Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," 17 Oct. 2019 Yet anyone who follows the UW men’s basketball program understands the circumstances were anything but normal and why Tucker needed time before accepting challenge of working on game plans, tutoring players and wooing recruits. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Is it something that is deserved?': Alando Tucker paused before choosing to join UW coaching staff," 11 Oct. 2019 But the number of taxes targeting business and tech lately is a change from eight years ago, after the Great Recession, when the board — wooing such companies — passed measures intended to keep them in the city. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "Here comes another: Third tax on SF’s business, tech industry headed to November ballot," 13 June 2019 Sitting in a pageboy cap and a blue button down, Pitt clapped and wooed along with the crowd when DeGeneres spotted him and invited him to come down and sit in her guest chair. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Ellen DeGeneres discovered Brad Pitt sitting in her audience," 13 Sep. 2019 Traditional answers — showing up early and often, wooing local activists, and buying television advertising — still apply. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "This time, the road to N.H. might run through Iowa," 6 Sep. 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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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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