to influence or persuade to do something by gentle urging, smooth talk, flattery, etc.: He tried to coax 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 fool; deceive.
to use gentle persuasion.
- coax·er, noun
Other definitions for coax (2 of 2)
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How to use coax in a sentence
I was glad his mother had joined the call, because she, in her pride, coaxed out the stories where he was perhaps too humble to tell them.My mother and her friends couldn’t get coronavirus vaccine appointments, so they turned to a stranger for help. He’s 13. | Greg Harris | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Clumpner and Benvenuto in 2019 cited Vancouver’s then 2-year-old vacancy tax, which has since been tripled after the initial rate hadn’t coaxed landlords to fill as many units as hoped.Vacancy Tax Study Is Giving City Officials Déjà Vu | Lisa Halverstadt and Andrew Keatts | February 10, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Snyder has brilliantly played to his players’ strengths and worked around their weaknesses, coaxing a nice bounce-back campaign from Mike Conley while maintaining a positive power dynamic between Donovan Mitchell and Gobert.The front-runners for NBA awards aren’t the usual suspects | Ben Golliver | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
One group recently coaxed vacuum bubble-like behavior out of a simple simulation.Physicists Study How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide | Charlie Wood | January 25, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
I’m guessing some combination of a famous personality, a classic dish and, well, a darn good sauce, coaxed into rich, silken luxury over two-plus hours of cook time.Find out why Anthony Bourdain’s boeuf bourguignon is one of our most popular recipes ever | Becky Krystal | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
The congregation was warm, friendly, and welcoming—traits, he says, he later came to believe they used to coax members in.
And of course Baelish materialized (at just the right moment) to save Sansa and coax Lysa away from the ledge.Game of Thrones’ Ep. 7 ‘Mockingbird’ Recap: Conscious Coupling (and Uncoupling) | Andrew Romano | May 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even after all the heroes are gone, it lays dormant, waiting for light to coax it out of the shadows.Homestar Runner, Trogdor the Burninator, and the Birth of the Internet | Rich Goldstein | April 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So instead of tapping into spare capacity, Uber had to coax new capacity into being.
He tried to coax the distraught girl out of silence, inquiring about her school and family life, but her replies were clipped.How One Sex Abuse Case Tore Apart the Williamsburg Hasidim | Allison Yarrow | August 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But he soon got over his fear, and was so busy feeding the elephant, that his papa had to coax him away.The Nursery, July 1873, Vol. XIV. No. 1 | Various
Sue drew Tessa aside to coax in her plaintively miserable voice, Come home with me; father will say things, and I shall be afraid.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
The doctors said we must take the child away, if we would coax her back to health and strength again.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Dont lets overeat, said Tootles seriously, trying to coax forth a smile.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
Here, you take hold of the chain, and I will coax the dog to be quiet while I put Jacko on his back.Minnie's Pet Monkey | Madeline Leslie
British Dictionary definitions for coax (1 of 2)
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 desires: he coaxed the engine into starting
(tr) obsolete to caress
(tr) obsolete to deceive
- coaxer, noun
- coaxingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for coax (2 of 2)
short for coaxial cable
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