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1 court /ˈkoɚt/ noun
plural courts
1 court
/ˈkoɚt/
noun
plural courts
Learner's definition of COURT
[noncount] : a formal legal meeting in which evidence about crimes, disagreements, etc., is presented to a judge and often a jury so that decisions can be made according to the law
often used before another noun
: a place where legal cases are heard
[count]
[noncount]
[count] : an official group of people (such as a judge and jury) who listen to evidence and make decisions about legal cases
[count] : a large flat surface that is shaped like a square or rectangle and that is used for playing games like tennis and basketball
: the place where the leader of a country and especially a king or queen lives and works
[count]
[noncount]
[count] : a king or queen and the people who live and work with him or her
[count]
used in the names of short streets abbreviation Ct.
used in the names of apartment buildings or groups of apartment buildings
see also motor court
: courtyard see also food court

hold court

: to talk to a group of people who listen to what you say because it is funny or interesting

laugh out of court

see 1laugh

pay court to

formal + old-fashioned
: to give a lot of attention to (someone) in order to get approval, affection, etc.

the ball is in your court

see 1ball

the court of public/world opinion

: the beliefs and judgment of most people
2 court /ˈkoɚt/ verb
courts; courted; courting
2 court
/ˈkoɚt/
verb
courts; courted; courting
Learner's definition of COURT
somewhat old-fashioned : to act in a way that shows that you want or intend to get married
[no object]
[+ object]
of an animal : to perform the actions that lead to sexual activity
[no object]
[+ object]
[+ object] : to give a lot of attention and praise to (someone) in order to get approval, support, etc.
◊ If you court someone's favor or court favor with someone, you try to get someone's approval.
[+ object] : to act in a way that is likely to cause (something unpleasant) to happen to you
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