courted, past participle; courts, 3rd person singular present; courting, present participle; courted, past tense;
Be involved with romantically, typically with the intention of marrying
he was courting a girl from the neighboring farm
we went to the movies when we were courting
(of a male bird or other animal) Try to attract (a mate)
Pay special attention to (someone) in an attempt to win their support or favor
Western politicians courted the leaders of the newly independent states
Go to great lengths to win (favorable attention)
he never had to court the approval of the political elite
Risk incurring (misfortune) because of the way one behaves
he has often courted controversy
courtship: a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage); "its was a brief and intense courtship"
Courtship is the traditional dating period before engagement and marriage. During a courtship, a couple dates to get to know each other and decide if there will be an engagement. Usually courtship is a public affair, done in public and with family approval.
privity, down declivity, seeks captivity - perhaps Gilbert dredged this word up from his legal background; it means a legal connection or interest (here, marriage)
These days, we don't use the word courting very often; but at one time, it was commonly heard. In “The Three Sillies,” the gentleman comes to court the daughter, arriving each evening for dinner. He is wooing her and trying to gain her affections, so she will someday marry him.
Courting is when the male lies over the female with his tail close to hers trying to convince her to breed.