Coax (verb)

  1. Persuade or gently influence (someone) to do something.
  2. Bring (a machine or device) to a desired state by gentle persuasion or manipulation.


Early 19th century (originally in the sense "cajole"): probably from low german koken "to decoy", from an indo-european root shared by call.


  1. He coaxed her into going to the party.
  2. She coaxed the cat out of the tree.
  3. He coaxed the fire to start.
  4. She coaxed the car to start.
  5. He coaxed her to relax.
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