Simple Definition of coax
: to influence or persuade (a person or animal) to do something by talking in a gentle and friendly way
: to get (something) by talking in a gentle and friendly way
: to cause (something) to do something by making a careful and continual effort
Full Definition of coax
2 : to influence or gently urge by caressing or flattering : wheedle <coaxed him into going>
3 : to draw, gain, or persuade by means of gentle urging or flattery <unable to coax an answer out of him>
4 : to manipulate with great perseverance and usually with considerable effort toward a desired state or activity <coax a fire to burn>
Examples of coax
It took almost an hour to coax the cat down from the tree.
She tried to coax a raise from her boss.
He was unable to coax an answer out of her.
He coaxed the fire to burn by blowing on it.
The plant is difficult to coax into bloom.
Origin of coax
earlier cokes, from cokes simpleton
First Known Use: 1581
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Definition of coax
1 : to influence by gentle urging, special attention, or flattering <She coaxed her kitty out of the tree.>
2 : to get or win by means of gentle urging or flattery <He coaxed a raise from the boss.>
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