- to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole: He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
- to obtain by coaxing: We coaxed the secret from him.
- to manipulate to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort: He coaxed the large chair through the door.
- to fondle.
- to fool; deceive.
- to use gentle persuasion.
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Examples from the Web for coaxes
She coaxes an ice castle up from the ground, throws off her crown, and becomes the Snow Queen.Why These Marines Love ‘Frozen’—and Why It Matters
Aaron B. O’Connell
June 27, 2014
And theres a boy lives in our street that coaxes me to have a game with him once in a while.Letty and the Twins
Helen Sherman Griffith
When I get hold of you again, I'll see that no one coaxes you away.Helen Grant's Schooldays
Amanda M. Douglas
He bows to her, and coaxes her until he gets between her and the water so that she cannot escape him.Natural History in Anecdote
It coaxes gold to the mint, keeps it there, and does away permanently with bond issues.The Arena
She coaxes me to rush after her, so as to wean me away from her brood.Boy Scouts: Tenderfoot Squad
- to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
- (tr) to obtain by persistent coaxing
- (tr) to work on or tend (something) carefully and patiently so as to make it function as one desireshe coaxed the engine into starting
- (tr) obsolete to caress
- (tr) obsolete to deceive
- short for coaxial cable
Word Origin and History for coaxes
1580s, originally in slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "a fool, ninny, simpleton" (1560s); modern spelling is 1706. Origin obscure, perhaps related to cock (n.1). Related: Coaxed; coaxing.