verb (used with object)
to seek the favor, affection, or love of, especially with a view to marriage. court, pursue, chase.
to seek to win: to woo fame. cultivate.
to invite (consequences, whether good or bad) by one's own action; court: to woo one's own destruction.
to seek to persuade (a person, group, etc.), as to do something; solicit; importune. petition, sue, address, entreat; butter up.
verb (used without object)
to seek the affection or love of someone, usually a woman; court: He was reminded of his youth when he went wooing.
to solicit favor or approval; entreat: Further attempts to woo proved useless.

before 1050; Middle English wowe, Old English wōgian

wooer, noun
wooingly, adverb
unwooed, adjective
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woo (wuː)
vb , woos, wooing, wooed
1.  to seek the affection, favour, or love of (a woman) with a view to marriage
2.  (tr) to seek after zealously or hopefully: to woo fame
3.  (tr) to bring upon oneself (good or evil results) by one's own action
4.  (tr) to beg or importune (someone)
[Old English wōgian, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wogian, of uncertain origin and with no known cognates; perhaps related to woh, wog- "bent, inclined," as with affection.
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see pitch woo.

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Example sentences
Company has campaign to woo back colleges, but some educators say it's too
  little, too late.
But it is also because real-world agents woo customers by offering refunds for
  cancelled trips and generally going the extra mile.
Flowers evolved many colors to woo and nectar, an additional lure.
Both parties woo the amorphous middle, to the dismay of those voters who want
  political contours to be drawn sharply.
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