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Court (verb)

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To Court. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To woo; to solicit a woman to marriage.

    Follow a shadow, it flies you;
    Seem to fly it, it will pursue:
    So court a mistress, she denies you;
    Let her alone, she will court you.
    Ben. Johnson's Forest.

    Fir'd with her love, and with ambition led,
    The neighb'ring princes court her nuptial bed.
    Dryden's Æn.

    Alas! Sempronius, wouldst thou talk of love
    To Marcia, whilst her father's life's in danger?
    Thou might'st as well court the pale trembling vestal,
    While she beholds the holy flame expiring.
    Addison's Cato.

    Ev'n now, when silent scorn is all they gain,
    A thousand court you, though they court in vain.
    Pope.

  2. To solicit; to seek.

    Their own ease and satisfaction would quickly teach children to court commendation, and avoid doing what they found condemned. Locke on Education, sect. 59.

  3. To flatter; to endeavour to please.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Locke, John (269) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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