v. wooed, woo·ing, woos
1. To seek the affection of (someone, especially a woman) with the intent to marry or begin a romantic relationship.
2. To gain the favor of (someone) or move (someone) to do something by entreaties or inducements: an ad campaign that wooed customers away from their usual brand.
To seek the romantic affection of someone, especially a woman.
[Middle English wowen, from Old English wōgian.]
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