Definition of court in English:

court

noun

  • 1A body of people presided over by a judge, judges, or magistrate, and acting as a tribunal in civil and criminal cases:

    ‘she will take the matter to court’
    [as modifier] ‘a court case’
    • ‘Even in a court of law the judge accepts my expert witness opinion without adulteration or hesitation, and you are not beyond the courts.’
    • ‘They're going to allow past cases to be brought into the court proceedings.’
    • ‘It cannot properly fulfil this dual function if it confines itself like a court of law to adjudicating on pleaded points.’
    • ‘By June this year, the Task Force had successfully commenced 17 criminal prosecutions in the courts of law with only three of the prosecuted cases falling through.’
    • ‘And she, too, faces the prospect of incarceration after the court hearing.’
    • ‘But, in any case, the court's jurisdiction will not be retrospective.’
    • ‘Mental health professionals are often called as expert witnesses in court proceedings with children.’
    • ‘Many final decisions are made by court rulings, which further delays the process.’
    • ‘Therefore, the court of public opinion is more harsh in judgment than the court of law.’
    • ‘It must be remembered that most criminals are convicted in our courts of law, by circumstantial evidence.’
    • ‘Acts done in the course of such operations are not justiciable and the courts of law cannot take cognizance of them.’
    • ‘Anything you say can and will be used in court against you in the court of law.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court once again overturned the lower court's decision last year.’
    • ‘In 1996, a federal district court ruled that such inequities do exist.’
    • ‘Hundreds of thousands of right-wing Orthodox attend rallies to protest the supreme court's decisions.’
    • ‘In our courts of law when a judge employs a jury, he or she tells them to decide based on probability, based on the evidence presented.’
    • ‘Whatever state supreme courts decide, their verdicts could not be appealed to a federal tribunal.’
    • ‘The trial in the court of public opinion is no different than a trial in front of a jury in a court of law.’
    • ‘It is inherent in the proper conduct of judicial proceedings in a court of law.’
    • ‘Wakefield magistrates' court was told he had no previous convictions.’
    • ‘Pupils and parents attended a high court hearing in April.’
    • ‘The two cases of the supreme court heard today were cases in point.’
    court of law, law court, bench, bar, court of justice, judicature, tribunal, forum, chancery, assizes
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    1. 1.1 The place where a court meets:
      ‘everyone in the court knew he was going down, innocent or guilty’
      • ‘A man who attacked a prison officer while in a court dock has been jailed for three months.’
      • ‘He parked his Honda in the Bridge Street car park, close to the court building, but a delay in the case slowed his return by more than an hour.’
      • ‘I met Catherine at the courts after lunch, both of us dreading the hours of grading and drills.’
      • ‘The teenager hid his face from the media when he was released from the back of the court building and taken away by police.’
      • ‘Fed-up court officials refused to accept prisoners after they were brought to the court building late.’
      • ‘It was at this point it became apparent that the case was about to collapse - although the jury was not even in the court building.’
      • ‘Eight are held in a new prison complex next to the court buildings.’
      • ‘The three men thanked jurors individually as the 11 women and one man left the court building, then they went off to celebrate.’
      • ‘There would also be increased armed protection of possible targets, including barriers at government offices, courts and other sensitive buildings.’
      • ‘Visits to police stations, jails, courts and offices of the Human Rights Commission and Women's Commission will be part of the functions.’
      • ‘A man who tried to enter a court building with a knife may be sent to prison.’
      • ‘Following the announcement of the court's decision, violence erupted outside the court building.’
      • ‘He also said that the security measures in the court buildings would be tightened.’
      • ‘Scores of journalists, mainly Spanish and British, converged on the court building.’
      • ‘Wiltshire County Council closed the courts building in the mid-1980s and sold it off to a local property development company, Davis and Dyke.’
      • ‘More than 500 people have visited the hall during a series of open days and given their views on what the Grade II listed building and former courts should be used for.’
      • ‘The temperature in the rooms of the court building is usually set as low as 16 degrees Celsius.’
      • ‘In the escort service, the police's main role was to supervise the transfer of remand prisoners between police stations and courts.’
      • ‘Police said a man suspected of trying to attack Burrell in the court building's foyer was arrested.’
  • 2A quadrangular area, either open or covered, marked out for ball games such as tennis or squash:

    ‘a squash court’
    • ‘But games aren't played on paper, they're played in arenas and on courts surrounding by 3000 rabid screaming fans.’
    • ‘He shook his head and ran to the other side of the basketball court outside his building to go retrieve his ball.’
    • ‘As well as the 150 capacity clubhouse and four new changing rooms, the club is building two new netball courts which can also be used as hard court training for the rugby sides.’
    • ‘The Centre has four squash courts and also boasts saunas, a steam room and sunbeds, a crèche, a gym and an aerobics studio.’
    • ‘A sports science and psychology building would be built on the site of the existing swimming pool, health centre and squash courts, with a third building behind.’
    • ‘The hotel has it's own private beach, gym, tennis squash and badminton courts.’
    • ‘The basketball courts were surrounded by a high fence, with only one entrance on the field side.’
    • ‘The ornamented gatehouse, garden, and royal tennis court further enhanced this favourite seat of the Scottish monarchs.’
    • ‘The whole court was surrounded by fans, half for the East, half for the North.’
    • ‘The original sauna and jacuzzi in a turret have remained, alongside a swimming pool and clay tennis court.’
    • ‘42m shopping area and a newly-refurbished leisure centre that boasts squash courts, a coffee bar and a crèche.’
    • ‘Leisure facilities include gym, spa (with sauna and steam bath), jogging track, tennis and squash courts.’
    • ‘It also boasts a sauna, massage rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, weight room, squash, and basketball courts and a cafeteria for the players.’
    • ‘After 12 months, we will convert the asphalt area into tennis and netball courts.’
    • ‘The building is being converted into a sports centre, with six squash courts, a gymnasium, sauna, lounges and bar and a sports shop in the foyer.’
    • ‘Exercise facilities, indoor pool, squash and racquetball courts, and aerobic classes.’
    • ‘The upper levels of ball courts and exercise rooms surround the pool's large volume, looking out onto it through glazed walls.’
    • ‘It was basically a basketball court surrounded by some brick steps and arches.’
    • ‘The 27 acres of grounds of Stainrigg include lawns surrounded by trees, a walled garden as well as a croquet lawn and a boule court.’
    • ‘While living in the village he played a major part in helping to build the Tennis Club courts and also the Bowling Club's green.’
    playing area, enclosure, field, ground, ring, rink, green, alley, stadium, track, arena
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    1. 2.1 A quadrangular area surrounded by a building or group of buildings:
      ‘the map showed the crescents and courts of recent urban sprawl’
      • ‘A court surrounded by a wall of individual rooms was the generating idea of the building.’
      • ‘Surrounded by a broad moat, the palace buildings are arranged around a great inner court.’
      • ‘The idea is for a public museum to open in the old police station, cells and Victorian court in the historic Grade I listed building.’
      • ‘The most important room on view is the Harem, a compound of around 300 shining tiled chambers on several levels, connected by arcaded courts and fountain gardens.’
      • ‘The rhythm of its open colonnade is echoed in that of the hall across the court.’
      • ‘The sun shone brightly through the spreading leaves of the oak trees that surrounded the court.’
      • ‘Vaulted archways lead to shaded courts, while gardens surround the buildings on all sides.’
      • ‘Traditional Cambridge colleges, modelled on monastic cloisters, consist of courts surrounded by walls of individual rooms.’
      yard, courtyard, quadrangle, square, close, enclosure, precinct, esplanade
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    2. 2.2 Used in the names of large houses or blocks of flats:
      ‘Hampton Court’
      • ‘He was detained at Swindon's Sandalwood Court, a mental health hospital, for nearly two months.’
      • ‘He was asked about taking the police to Anstee Court the previous evening.’
      • ‘The body was found at a house in St Nicholas Court.’
      • ‘Ronnie was the first in the band to buy it and we listened to it over and over at his Earl's Court flat.’
      • ‘The company started out at Isabella Court in Pickering and Phylward House in Harrogate.’
  • 3The courtiers, retinue, and household of a sovereign:

    ‘the emperor is shown with his court’
    • ‘The most interesting aspect of the show is the use of the court jester.’
    • ‘All these tombs had been laid out to a single design, a unified architectural conception of the king surrounded by his court, in death as in life.’
    • ‘He was an honoured Christian poet in the court of the Umayyads and an ardent propagandist of this dynasty.’
    • ‘His disdain for our countrymen at the court of Queen Anne was almost pathological.’
    • ‘In early medieval times, the court, or household, was the centre of government.’
    • ‘Roland Dee dealt in textiles and, in addition, was a gentleman sewer at the court of Henry VIII.’
    • ‘The king and his court, with the royal family and household at its centre, were the focus and fulcrum of English government and politics.’
    • ‘Their vivid, jewel-like tones were well suited to the tastes of the Mughal court.’
    • ‘The royal court was obsessed with following the French style in all matters of fashion, decor and food.’
    • ‘The cult of St George was nurtured at the court of Edward III and the saint became a divine protector of English soldiers in battle.’
    • ‘Gone is the raconteur and court jester rolled into one big loveable package.’
    • ‘She often danced for the court at Versailles and Fontainebleau.’
    • ‘Maurice's grandson William was educated at the royal court along with King Henry VIII.’
    • ‘He had determined to rule England from his court and household, and not through the nobility.’
    • ‘In 1856, during a stay in London, he sold 31 pictures to the royal household and court.’
    • ‘Its title character moves from the endangered household of Princess Elizabeth to the unhappy court of Queen Mary.’
    • ‘Rather than being written out of society, they were given prestigious positions in temples, at court or in wealthy households.’
    royal household, establishment, retinue, entourage, train, suite, escort, company, attendant company, staff, personnel, cortège, following, bodyguard
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    1. 3.1 A sovereign and his or her councillors, constituting a ruling power:
      ‘relations between the king and the imperial court’
      • ‘The court surrounded and, to some extent, protected the ruler.’
      • ‘Bismarck rushed from Paris, where he represented Prussia at the court of Napoleon III.’
      • ‘The palace courts, whose rulers were in close contact with one another, played a critical role in military and diplomatic interactions.’
      • ‘He was a leading figure at the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII.’
      • ‘The expansion of trade along the Thames, and the broadening power of the royal court led to a London property boom.’
      • ‘There he stood, bowing politely like a grand Lord at the court of an Empress.’
      • ‘Though the aristocracy had been abolished by his father, Reza, the shah had reintroduced a court largely without titles.’
      • ‘The figure on the right is Jean de Dinteville, the French ambassador to the English court of Henry VIII.’
      • ‘A year later, just 25, he was sent to the Tsarist court as British Vice-Consul to Moscow.’
      • ‘Provincial life was left to the dominance of the ennobled office-holders of the sovereign courts.’
      • ‘Leonardo clearly believed that wealth, patronage, and political power lay in the courts to the east of mainland Europe.’
      • ‘The court and the royal entourage were the great centres of power.’
      • ‘They also transacted business for the imperial court and were awarded ranks and privileges.’
      • ‘Chandu Shah, a Banker of Delhi, wielded a lot of influence at the Mughal court.’
      • ‘The king had been surrounded by a hostile court, treated badly, and kept from exercising power.’
    2. 3.2 A sovereign's residence:
      ‘he lived for four years at the court of King Philip’
      • ‘Winter passed swiftly in the court of Charlemagne, for there was never any lack of amusements.’
      • ‘The re-established papacy soon transferred its court to the Vatican Palace.’
      • ‘Red deer, along with various wildfowl and fish, were all important elements in the menus of the royal court of Henry VIII.’
      • ‘He also continued his law career taking up residence at the courts of Mainz before 1670.’
      • ‘Europe was impressed by the splendours of the court of Versailles.’
      • ‘Delicacies such as kebabs and curries that were introduced to royal courts by the Moghuls have now been woven into the local cuisine.’
      royal residence, palace, castle, manor, hall
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  • 4The qualified members of a company or a corporation.

    • ‘Ordination must be conferred by a court of three, containing at least one ordained member.’
    • ‘The decision on the succession rests with the nomination committee of the court of directors.’
    1. 4.1 A meeting of the members of a company or a corporation.

verb

  • 1dated [with object] Be involved with (someone) romantically, with the intention of marrying:

    ‘he was courting a girl from the neighbouring farm’
    [no object] ‘we went to the cinema when we were courting’
    • ‘I was attractive, at least that is what the suitors would say when they came with the intentions of courting me.’
    • ‘He shouldn't be courting her let alone possibly wanting to marry her.’
    • ‘Memories flood her mind bringing back images of the man who had once besotted her, courted her and married her, of the man who became her heart and soul.’
    • ‘She watched her older sisters be courted and then married, and she began emulating them at an early age.’
    • ‘I have to tell you, it worries me that you take care of such a beautiful girl, when you are courting my sister.’
    go out together, go out, go with each other, keep company
    woo, go out with, be involved with, be romantically linked with, pursue, run after, chase, seek the company of, make advances to, make up to, flirt with
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    1. 1.1 (of a male bird or other animal) try to attract (a mate).
      • ‘Two percent of male ostriches ignore females and instead court other males with a lively dance.’
      • ‘Smaller groups usually consist of an unmated female courted by unmated males.’
      • ‘After the female moults the male then comes and courts the female and then deposits a spermatophore.’
      • ‘Along the way, the birds court and mate, thwart the red-tailed hawks, and breed.’
      • ‘Males of both species readily courted females of both species.’
  • 2Pay special attention to (someone) in an attempt to win their support or favour:

    ‘Western politicians courted the leaders of the newly independent states’
    • ‘More displays like last night's will court him no favours in Detroit or elsewhere.’
    • ‘He has said nothing about the Republicans' actions in the election campaign because he does not want to alienate right-wing forces whose support he is courting.’
    • ‘It has been decades since other world leaders have courted a pope so assiduously.’
    • ‘No politician will come courting us until I can say that we have several hundred thousand members.’
    • ‘All the celebrity magazines have their stable of favourites, whom they court with pages and pages of glowing copy week in, week out.’
    • ‘He had hoped to challenge her by courting black voters, but their support is split.’
    • ‘The heritage is authentic: while the opportunist ploughboy was penning those lines, he was also courting the favour of every belted earl in the peerage.’
    • ‘In the early 1900s political parties courted the new immigrants, he said.’
    • ‘A politician in her own right, she was courted by the Republicans to run for her late husband's senate seat.’
    • ‘They are openly courting the favours of imperialism.’
    • ‘Conner had been the first, albeit a bit unknowingly, to come to the castle in an attempt to court her.’
    • ‘Central governments have courted them for support or tried to crush them.’
    • ‘Since joining the party on a promise of a junior ministerial post, he has assiduously courted his parliamentary colleagues and concentrated on building a support base among the membership.’
    • ‘Now they've got the world's attention and are courted by the media and politicians.’
    • ‘It is not, however, the job of a leader to court popularity, and certainly not in the complex area of drugs.’
    • ‘That is precisely the issue that has been raised by the National Party in its attempt to try to court votes.’
    • ‘he has been actively courting trust members and numerous wealthy supporters of the team in recent days.’
    • ‘Their cowardly producers make a big deal out of courting our support and money, but they never deliver the goods.’
    • ‘Even that campaign, which has benefited most from the anti-war position, has made no special attempt at courting the anti-globalization coalition.’
    • ‘A spokesman denied the archbishop's action was a deliberate attempt to court conservative Catholics.’
    • ‘I half-expected him to give each manatee a friendly slap across the back, he reminded me so much of a local politician courting his constituents.’
    curry favour with, make up to, play up to
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    1. 2.1 Try hard to win (favourable attention):
      ‘he never had to court the approval of the political elite’
      • ‘Well, these bags have been courting attention this past fortnight or so.’
      • ‘It is he, not the Prime Minister, who must court attention ostentatiously.’
      • ‘He studied Italian grammar to win the approval of the major in the hospital and courted the favor of Captain Paravicini.’
      • ‘A legal battle with those he has worked hard to court in the past?’
      • ‘Publicity is not something he courts, the only recognition that really matters to him comes from those within the game.’
      • ‘Although happy to be given the retrospective collection, she didn't court the attention.’
      • ‘He has never courted approval, least of all affection, but has continued to stare straight ahead with his own goals always in view, to be attained in his way.’
      • ‘The financial group is also courting foreign strategic investment from an assortment of overseas institutions.’
      • ‘Having got their break, it wasn't long before the band was courting the attention of the Radio 1 DJ, who quickly got them in for a live session.’
      • ‘Although noted for an ability to work outdoors amid crowds of spectators, he never courted attention.’
      • ‘If you have courted public attention then you have less ground to object to the intrusion which follows.’
      • ‘But let's not forget that she courted attention herself.’
      • ‘There was a time when controversy was never far from the all-rounder's door, though it was not courted deliberately.’
      seek, try to obtain, pursue, go after, strive for, go for, push towards, work towards, be intent on, aim at, aim for, have as a goal, have as an objective, aspire to
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    2. 2.2 Risk incurring (misfortune) because of one's behaviour:
      ‘he has often courted controversy’
      • ‘Only by courting controversy has she managed to enjoy the halogen warmth of media attention.’
      • ‘But public service broadcasting is about making mistakes, taking risks and courting unpopularity.’
      • ‘In trying to persuade the audience of a perspective that could be viewed as favourable to Maori, he courts the risk of being judged as partial, radical or extreme.’
      • ‘So he courted his own fate, he was tricked by an extremely sophisticated ruse and met his death.’
      • ‘While traditionally rewarding, investing in shares courts risk.’
      • ‘That said, his maverick tendencies are becoming almost a trademark of the man, and I'd wager a punt or two that he'll be courting controversy again before we next go to the polls.’
      • ‘They knew we had courted arrest and had no intentions of escaping.’
      • ‘He had a vision, and he courted peril in his attempt to take his dreams to market.’
      • ‘He refused to return to Napoli and moved back to Spain and then Argentina for a largely anonymous spell, before courting controversy again in another World Cup USA 1994.’
      • ‘My feeling, swallowing sour grapes and all, is that he was probably courting controversy, and blog inches, in choosing a postmodern conceptual/performance artist.’
      • ‘The group has courted controversy from the start.’
      • ‘The size and volume of forms and the amount of tax law an individual is expected to comprehend courts the risk that tax evasion will see a quantum leap.’
      • ‘The drug helps narcoleptics stay awake, but has courted controversy as the remedy of choice for jetsetters whose multi-timezone lifestyles get them down.’
      • ‘Recognised by critics as one of the most important talents in Scottish theatre, he has courted controversy with his subject matter and style.’
      • ‘However, I think I am hardly courting controversy if I say he is no oil painting.’
      • ‘This is referred to as ‘deliberately courting the risk’.’
      • ‘They have also courted controversy, particularly over the infamous deep-fat fryer scene.’
      • ‘In his early years he was not averse to courting controversy and he played a major role in the Language Freedom Movement in the 1960s, which campaigned against compulsory Irish in schools.’
      • ‘Her studies of pubescent girls and her pictures of her own children in provocative poses have courted controversy wherever they have been shown.’
      • ‘Though I knew I would be courting health risks, I decided there was only one way to find out: try it myself, and see what it did.’
      risk, invite, attract, provoke, be likely to cause, bring on oneself
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Phrases

  • go to court

    • Take legal action:

      ‘they will go to court to try to have the boundary changed’
      • ‘So too might going to court to obtain injunction to restrain continued threatened assault against you by your political opponent.’
      • ‘The point has never been legally challenged, but pro-hunt campaigners believe there is a case and have gone to court to seek a judicial review.’
      • ‘And you've gone to court and filed the report?’
      • ‘But few borrowers can afford the legal fees to go to court, or even realise that this right exists.’
      • ‘It is all about stopping the citizen from being armed with the resources to go to court to vindicate legal rights.’
      • ‘However, they give useful practical guidance on a procedure to protect doctors without actually going to court.’
      • ‘Now prior to him committing the offence and going to court, was it possible to get treatment for him?’
      • ‘In response he sought legal assistance and has gone to court over his benefits.’
      • ‘But is that an argument which is put by defence lawyers when these cases go to court?’
      • ‘She did not have the funds to take him to court and she saw no benefit in going to court after she got his sworn information.’
  • have one's day in court

    • Have a chance to make one's case in a court of law:

      ‘victims of violence should have their day in court’
      • ‘Williams says he called Anderson numerous times pleading with her to withhold the mug shot till he could have his day in court.’
      • ‘According to anti-Wal-Mart forces in Edgewood, they have won the right to have their day in court.’
      • ‘He said, you know, they have to have their day in court.’
      • ‘A cat lover who dramatically defied bulldozers in an attempt to save felines from a condemned building has had her days in court.’
      • ‘We would insist on first having our day in court.’
      • ‘The highest ranking soldier charged with abusing Iraqi detainees has his day in court also.’
      • ‘Now the pair are having their day in court.’
      • ‘He looks forward to the mayor having his day in court.’
      • ‘Opponents of paperless voting machines are hoping to have their day in court.’
      • ‘A businessman locked out of a Kaikohe building bought at a mortgagee sale two months ago will have his day in court today.’
  • in court

    • Appearing as a party or an advocate in a court of law:

      ‘he has appeared in court charged with stealing twelve million pounds’
      • ‘She had not wanted to go to the police as she knew everything would come out in court.’
      • ‘He was described in court by his own barrister as a social misfit, inept in the company of adults.’
      • ‘The function of the Service is limited to the presentation of the case in court.’
      • ‘There also are strict rules for the order in which evidence is presented in court.’
      • ‘This document may be produced in court as evidence to identify the owner or driver of the vehicle.’
      • ‘He pleaded not guilty, forcing the girl to undergo the trauma of giving evidence in court.’
      • ‘The doctor saw me hours after the incident and after I had been in court for this matter.’
      • ‘No court was in session on that day because no judge or justice of the peace was in court.’
      • ‘The two were also given punishment orders when they appeared in court for sentence.’
      • ‘The long and short of it, is that he has to appear in court to answer the charge this week.’
      • ‘A man was arrested and appeared in court after a pedestrian and his terrier were killed.’
      • ‘There was uproar in court when the magistrates agreed to adjourn the case to a date yet to be fixed.’
      • ‘The case was adjourned so that all three defendants could appear in court together.’
      • ‘It is odd that you can get an acquittal, without the defendant even having to appear in court.’
      • ‘She had been charged with perjury, after claiming in court she had never set foot in there.’
      • ‘He had expressed genuine remorse and it was doubtful he would be appearing in court again.’
      • ‘He was charged with breach of the peace, held overnight and appeared in court on Tuesday.’
      • ‘At the end of this month, he will appear in court in Edinburgh for the first sitting of his appeal.’
      • ‘He was arrested while getting on a plane to Thailand and later appeared in court.’
      • ‘He is extremely upset and his outbursts in court have demonstrated the degree of that upset.’
  • out of court

    • 1Before a legal hearing can take place:

      ‘they are trying to settle the squabble out of court’
      [as modifier] ‘an out-of-court settlement’
      • ‘I think the right thing to do is what I suggested a moment ago, namely, read the cases out of court and give you an answer in writing.’
      • ‘Her mother's lawsuit resulted in a massive out of court settlement paid by the gun retailer.’
      • ‘The case was settled out of court for $2.2 million plus legal fees.’
      • ‘The defendant adamantly refused to settle out of court and the case went to arbitration.’
      • ‘Their plan: urge litigants to skip expensive trials and to settle out of court with the help of mediators.’
      • ‘One consequence of defining the offence so widely is that reliance is placed on prosecutorial discretion to keep minor incidents out of court.’
      • ‘A number of lawsuits have been settled out of court in America.’
      • ‘The settlement was agreed out of court and approved by a judge at the High Court in Manchester.’
      • ‘Both involved newspapers and were settled out of court, resulting in no case law.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it was settled out of court and the settlement wasn't made public.’
      • ‘Here she is hoping the campaign doesn't get too dirty, here she is libelling her opponent and paying an out of court settlement, and here she is repeating the libel.’
      • ‘However he fell out with his backers, which led to an out of court settlement.’
      • ‘In most such cases, complaints are settled out of court and writs are not issued.’
      • ‘However an out of court settlement brought a holt to proceedings the following year.’
      • ‘We can be of assistance out of court, and especially while they're waiting for verdicts and those sort of things if they're on bail and outside.’
      • ‘One of the things the legal group has been working on is the encouragement of out of court settlements in legal disputes.’
      • ‘If possible, the national church would prefer to resolve these disputes out of court.’
      • ‘He threatened legal action but an out of court settlement was reached.’
      • ‘However, I chose not to give all my money fighting in the courts and settled out of court.’
      • ‘Three of the plaintiffs reached settlements of their cases out of court.’
    • 2Not worthy of consideration:

      ‘the price would put it out of court for most private buyers’
  • pay court to

    • Pay flattering attention to (someone) in order to win favour:

      ‘statesmen came to pay the king court and ask for alliances’
      • ‘I was meaning to ask you if he already began paying court to you.’
      • ‘He paid court to numbers of well educated and potentially well set-up women many years his junior - sometimes to the horror of their parents.’
      • ‘Quirinius prudently paid court to Tiberius on Rhodes, succeeded Marcus Lollius as supervisor of Gaius Caesar, and shortly after married Aemilia Lepida, a descendant of Sulla and Pompey.’
      • ‘He does not tell the women he pays court to in England about his forlorn Irish sweetheart.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he does observe that some British leaders ‘procured the friendship of Caesar Augustus by sending embassies, and by paying court to him’.’
      • ‘Meanwhile he is paying court to Isabelle over the weekend, hoping to carve out his own share of her family's fortune.’
      • ‘Otherwise, I should think I were paying court to a veritable shrew.’
      • ‘Voltaire learnt from this mistake, and preferred to pay court to the other great enlightened despot of the age, Catherine II of Russia, from a safe distance and only in writing.’
      • ‘Like so many others, he paid court to her and would've done anything she asked - which includes getting the drugs she needed to sustain her addiction.’
      • ‘How could Alicia be attracted to that scar-faced, silent, sullen boy when a man of his calibre was paying court to her?’
      homage, deference, obedience, suit, courtship, blandishments, respects, attention, addresses
      woo, go out with, be involved with, be romantically linked with, pursue, run after, chase, seek the company of, make advances to, make up to, flirt with
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French cort, from Latin cohors, cohort- yard or retinue. The verb is influenced by Old Italian corteare, Old French courtoyer. Compare with cohort.

Pronunciation:

court

/kɔːt/