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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Example sentences
Sometimes senior professors volunteer, or they're drafted for the job or wooed
  with small financial incentives.
She wooed foreign investors and won relief from the country's debts.
Bauxite companies are investing again, wooed by high prices.
He wooed her ardently, they were soon married and she quickly bore him two
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