- Present participle of court.
- When a man brings a woman flowers and candy and tries to woo her, this is an example of courting her.
- When two people are dating seriously and may eventually marry, this is an example of a situation where the people are courting.
The definition of courting is the process of trying to attract and woo a romantic partner to create a long-term relationship or to marry the partner.
- Duke Frederick of Austria had hitherto sheltered John's flight; but, laid under the ban of the empire, attacked by powerful armies, and feeling that he was courting ruin, he preferred to give up the pontiff who had trusted to him.
- As heir-apparent he collected a bodyguard, and studiously courting personal popularity by a pretended interest in the administration of kingly justice, ingratiated himself with the mass.
- If he's honestly interested in me, he can come courting the proper way.
- If you were courting me from day one, as you said at the restaurant, then why were you so reluctant to get married?
- Courting a widow was one thing, but harboring a nagging feeling she might not be widowed was quite another matter.