- Persuade or gently influence (someone) to do something.
- 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.
- He coaxed her into going to the party.
- She coaxed the cat out of the tree.
- He coaxed the fire to start.
- She coaxed the car to start.
- He coaxed her to relax.