- 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 coax
The congregation was warm, friendly, and welcoming—traits, he says, he later came to believe they used to coax members in.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
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)
May 19, 2014
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
April 22, 2014
So instead of tapping into spare capacity, Uber had to coax new capacity into being.Stop Whining About Uber’s Surge Pricing
December 16, 2013
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
August 8, 2013
Coax him to let you teach him—and bear with him if he should sing out of tune.Weighed and Wanting
Yates gathered some fuel, and managed to coax the dying embers into a blaze.In the Midst of Alarms
What if he could coax her to go to Sunday school; perhaps it would do for her all that it had done for him.
No matter how he might coax and try to make her smile, she would return no answer.The Chinese Fairy Book
As for her tryin' to coax him to leave her money, that's just rubbish.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- 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 coax
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.