court-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: seek to attract, allure

Miller has always courted power, but not through any shabby election campaign.
Getting a tan is courting disaster.
He courted contradictions as much as he courted adventure.
She courted favor with the Duke with some success.
The company courted several manufacturers in an attempt to get the best prices.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: court.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
court_favor 1
court_favour 1

Sense Number 2: engage in social activities leading to marriage

John is courting Mary.
They courted for 3 years before finally tying the knot.

VerbNet: marry-36.2
FrameNet: Personal_relationship
PropBank: court.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3