coax definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To sway or try to convince by pleading or flattery; cajole.
    • to have by persistent persuasion: coaxed the trick out of the son or daughter.
    • Obsolete To caress; fondle.
    • To Maneuver to or adjust toward a desired end: "An Even More promising way of dealing with advanced level melanoma is coax the immune system to identify melanoma cells as lethal” ( Natalie Angier).
    • To sway by mild, insinuating courtesy, flattering, or fondling; to wheedle; to soothe.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to make use of persuasion or inducement.
  • noun:
    • casual A coaxial cable.
    • A simpleton; a dupe.
    • Shortened kind of coaxial cable
    • A simpleton; a dupe.
    • A simpleton; gull; dupe; trick.
    • a transmission line for high frequency signals
  • verb:
    • to fondle, child, pet, tease
    • To wheedle, sway (someone, organisation, animal etc.) slowly or by usage of flattery to accomplish anything.
    • to control carefully into a specific situation or place.
    • influence or desire by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  • others:
    • To fondle; caress; flatter; fool with flattery or caresses.
    • To sway by fond pleading or flattery; wheedle; cajole.
    • thus to control or guide carefully; control in a gentle means: since, to coax a horse into a trot.
    • to make use of cajolery or gentle pleading.

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