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"cajole" in British English

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cajoleverb [I or T]

uk   /kəˈdʒəʊl/  us   /-ˈdʒoʊl/
to ​persuade someone to do something they might not ​want to do, by ​pleasanttalk and (sometimes ​false) ​promises: He really ​knows how to cajole ​people into doing what he ​wants. I ​managed to cajole her out ofleaving too early. The most ​effectivetechnique is to cajole ​rather than to ​threaten.
(Definition of cajole from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cajoleverb [T]

 us   /kəˈdʒoʊl/
to ​try to ​persuade someone to do something by saying things that ​please the ​person or make the ​personfeelimportant: She is ​constantly cajoling her ​fellowcitizens to ​adoptmodernideas and ​methods.
(Definition of cajole from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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