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English definition of “coax”


verb [T]     /kəʊks/ US  /koʊks/
to persuade someone gently to do something or go somewhere , by being kind and patient , or by appearing to be: Perhaps you could coax your father into tak ing you to the station . He has some information I want , so I'm going to try to coax it out of him over a drink . A mother was coaxing her reluctant child into the water . a coaxing voice Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act coaxing     /ˈkəʊk.sɪŋ/ US  /ˈkoʊk-/ noun [U] A bit of gentle coaxing is all that's required and he'll come, I'm sure .Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act coaxingly     /ˈkəʊk.sɪŋ.li/ US  /ˈkoʊk-/ adverb Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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