1coax verb \ˈkōks\
: 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
: to influence or gently urge by caressing or flattering : wheedle <coaxed him into going>
: to draw, gain, or persuade by means of gentle urging or flattery <unable to coax an answer out of him>
: 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
First Known Use: 1581
2co·ax noun \ˈkō-ˌaks\
First Known Use of COAX
Rhymes with COAX
, death tax
, flat tax
, lost wax
, poll tax
, sales tax
, sin tax
, stamp tax
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