court1 [ kɔrt ] noun ***
▸ 1 for cases/trials
▸ 2 area for sport
▸ 3 (place for) king/queen
▸ 4 in name of buildings
▸ 5 courtyard
1. ) count or uncount a place where trials take place and legal cases are decided, especially in front of a judge and a JURY: COURT OF LAW, LAW COURT:
in court: The charges were read aloud in court.
appear in court: Duggan will appear in court on Monday.
a ) the court singular the people in a court, especially the judge and JURY:
A police officer told the court that he had seen Brown leaving the house.
the evidence before the court (=being considered by the court)
b ) only before noun done by a court or relating to a court:
They are dropping their court case against him.
She got a court injunction banning her husband from her home.
c ) the courts plural the system of courts that decide legal cases:
You can always try to get your money back through the courts.
The courts ruled that the company are entitled to make a fair profit.
d ) uncount used for referring to the process of taking a legal action against someone:
go to court (=begin a court case): She threatened to go to court if he did not pay up.
take someone to court (=begin a case against someone): Lynn took her employers to court for compensation.
come to court (=start to be discussed in court): It took five years for the case to come to court.
settle out of court (=agree to pay someone in order to avoid a court case): Mr. Lodge settled out of court for $50,000.
2. ) count an area marked with lines where some sports are played, such as tennis and basketball:
tennis/basketball/badminton court: The hotel has two tennis courts.
on court: The players had been on court for over two hours.
3. ) count or uncount the place where a king or queen lives and works
a ) the court singular a king or queen, together with their family and their servants, advisers, etc.:
an influential member of the court of Henry VIII
4. ) Court used in the names of streets or apartment buildings:
They live at 27 Mallory Court.
5. ) count a COURTYARD
hold court HUMOROUS
to talk to a group of people who are all paying you a lot of attention because you are interesting, funny, or important
pay court to someone VERY FORMAL
to give someone a lot of attention in order to impress them or make them like you
court 2 [ kɔrt ] verb
1. ) transitive to try to impress or please someone because you want them to help you in some way:
politicians courting middle-class voters
Suddenly, she's being courted by newspapers and television reporters every night.
2. ) transitive to make special efforts to get something that will benefit you:
For years they had been courting influence in Britain's major companies.
court publicity/popularity: He courted publicity and then complained about his loss of privacy.
3. ) transitive to behave in a way that is likely to bring a bad result:
court disaster/danger/scandal: To ignore her advice would be courting disaster.
4. ) intransitive or transitive OLD-FASHIONED to have a romantic relationship with someone, especially someone that you get married to later

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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