Coax definitions

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A coaxial cable.
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To persuade or try to persuade by pleading or flattery; cajole.
verb
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To obtain by persistent persuasion.

Coaxed the secret out of the child.

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To caress; fondle.
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To move to or adjust toward a desired end.
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To use persuasion or inducement.
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adjective
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A coaxial cable.
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To use gentle persuasion, urging, etc.
verb
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To induce or try to induce to do something; (seek to) persuade by soothing words, an ingratiating manner, etc.; wheedle.
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To get by coaxing.
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The definition of coax means to try to get someone or something to do something with gentle urging.

Using compliments to talk a friend into taking a dance class with you is an example of to coax.

Unclogging a drain with a plunger is an example of to coax.

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(obsolete) A simpleton; a dupe.

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Shortened form of coaxial cable.
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To wheedle, persuade (a person, organisation, animal etc.) gradually or by use of flattery to do something.

He coaxed the horse gently into the trailer.

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To carefully manipulate into a particular desired state, situation or position.

They coaxed the rope through the pipe.

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Origin of coax

originally (1586) in the slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "fool, simpleton", itself of obscure origin, perhaps related to cock (male bird, pert boy). The modern spelling is from 1706.