What word(verb) should go in the blank in the sentence below?

He----X's wife/girlfriend and married her.

Basically I need a word that means enticed, and later eloped with (X's wife/girlfriend.)

I cannot think of a proper word for this context, and so I would appreciate any help forthcoming.

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    If a bit of word play is acceptable, purloined perhaps? You might also suggest the enticement idea by saying she married him.
    – Phil Sweet
    Dec 30 '20 at 10:51
  • Sounds good, but i think it's just a fancy way of saying stole her wife (though it does have undertones of trust breach.) I'm looking for a verb that neatly captures enticing, followed by elopement. Dec 30 '20 at 12:39

I am not sure you will easily find one single word that contains both connotations (of enticing and eloping). I would express your sentence in this way

He seduced X's wife/girlfriend into eloping with him.

Longman defines the expression seduce somebody into doing something as

to make someone want to do something by making it seem very attractive or interesting to them:

  • Leaders are people who can seduce other people into sharing their dream.

Entice into doing something is just as good.

Certainly, eloping doesn't always end up in marriage, so you may consider saying:

He seduced X's wife/girlfriend into marrying him.

which would hint at the fact that the marriage was possible through an elopement.

  • And, of course, it also means to entice someone to have illicit sexual relations with you. Dec 30 '20 at 14:57

Maybe to court them? It's the closest word I could come up with.

From Collins Dictionary:

To court a particular person, group, or country means to try to please them or improve your relations with them, often so that they will do something that you want them to do.

And from LDOCE:

to try hard to please someone, especially because you want something from them.

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    I don't think it connotes elopement, though. Dec 30 '20 at 8:51
  • Yes, it doesn't. But thank you :) Dec 30 '20 at 12:39

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