Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “coax”

coax

verb [T] uk   /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 taking 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
coaxing
noun [U] uk   /ˈkəʊk.sɪŋ/ us    /ˈkoʊk-/
A bit of gentle coaxing is all that's required and he'll come, I'm sure.
coaxingly
adverb uk   /ˈkəʊk.sɪŋ.li/ us    /ˈkoʊk-/
(Definition of coax from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of coax?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Urging & persuading, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing agreement & support topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “coax” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

give the green light to sth

to give permission for someone to do something or for something to happen

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More