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coax1

[kohks] /koʊks/
verb (used with object)
1.
to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole:
He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
2.
to obtain by coaxing:
We coaxed the secret from him.
3.
to manipulate to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort:
He coaxed the large chair through the door.
4.
Obsolete.
  1. to fondle.
  2. to fool; deceive.
verb (used without object)
5.
to use gentle persuasion.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; v. use of cokes fool (now obsolete), perhaps variant of coxcomb
Related forms
coaxer, noun
coaxingly, adverb
half-coaxing, adjective
half-coaxingly, adverb
uncoaxed, adjective
uncoaxing, adjective
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Examples from the web for coaxed
  • She gazes at the viewer, her face showing a wisp of a smile that seems to have been coaxed from off-camera.
  • Most tend to be biennials, but some can be coaxed into a second year of bloom if spent flowers are removed before they set seed.
  • Still, there are some signs that the long-term jobless can be coaxed back into the working world.
  • The researchers have coaxed those cells into becoming heart, liver, and other organ cells.
  • To do this, the researchers coaxed three fluorescent molecules into the mitochondria of living human skin cells.
  • We finally scooped her up in a queen-catcher and coaxed her into the observation hive, where she promptly hid from sight.
  • They'll get befuddled and need to be coaxed up staircases.
  • Reluctantly, a crocodile is coaxed into the drained lakebed.
  • Yu coaxed skin cells into an essentially embryonic stage.
  • Time and time again, he coaxed them to perform miracles of engineering.
British Dictionary definitions for coaxed

coax1

/kəʊks/
verb
1.
to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
2.
(transitive) to obtain by persistent coaxing
3.
(transitive) to work on or tend (something) carefully and patiently so as to make it function as one desires: he coaxed the engine into starting
4.
(transitive) (obsolete) to caress
5.
(transitive) (obsolete) to deceive
Derived Forms
coaxer, noun
coaxingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: verb formed from obsolete noun cokes fool, of unknown origin

coax2

/ˈkəʊæks/
noun
1.
short for coaxial cable
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Word Origin and History for coaxed

coax

v.

1580s, originally in slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "a fool, ninny, simpleton" (1560s); modern spelling is 1706. Origin obscure, perhaps related to cock (n.1). Related: Coaxed; coaxing.

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Related Abbreviations for coaxed

coax

coaxial cable
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