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
Maybe the song isn't for wooing but for broadcasting a challenge, as when a
  bull elk bugles across the mountainsides.
The culmination of wooing, the actual mating, took place in trees nearby.
Still, persuading faculty members to donate their time to the oft-draining task
  of wooing teenagers isn't always easy.
Few presidential job skills are as important as wooing prospective donors and,
  for public-college presidents, state lawmakers.
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