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Definition of coax verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they coax
    he / she / it coaxes
    past simple coaxed
    -ing form coaxing
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  1. 1to persuade someone to do something by talking to them in a kind and gentle way synonym cajole
  2. 2 coax somebody/something (into doing something) She coaxed the horse into coming a little closer. coax somebody/something (into/out of something) He was coaxed out of retirement to help the failing company. coax somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) She had to coax the car along. Police managed to coax the man down from the ledge. coax (somebody/something) + speech “Nearly there,” she coaxed.
  3. Phrasal Verbscoax something out of/from somebody
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: coax

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