Main definitions of coax in English

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  • 1 Persuade (someone) gradually or by flattery to do something.

    ‘the trainees were coaxed into doing hard, boring work’
    ‘“Come on now,” I coaxed’
    • ‘He kept on trying to coax her to walk into the water, but she adamantly shook her head.’
    • ‘Maybe he too had regrets, perhaps he wished he'd talked to him more often, coaxed him to spill out his memories and secrets.’
    • ‘I smiled and walked faster, coaxing him to walk faster too.’
    • ‘This year I was coaxed into starting my holiday baking early.’
    • ‘You might see a fairly significant change if you could coax him into going for a 30 minute walk most days of the week.’
    • ‘They're yachts, mainly, and very beautiful, and it wasn't long before my wife was coaxed into taking lessons.’
    • ‘Her natural buoyancy eventually coaxed us into conversation, and saved the day.’
    • ‘He was coaxed into a reading and soon found himself studying with an acting coach, having his long hair cut to marine length for the part.’
    • ‘I had to go down and personally coax him out of the car so that we could get him back here.’
    • ‘The actors were somehow coaxed into performances that matched their gigantic surroundings.’
    • ‘The pang in my belly coaxed me inside to see what their table had to offer.’
    • ‘It was his father who saw his potential and started cajoling and coaxing him into playing.’
    • ‘After the fighting ended, he hid in the jungle for two years before he was coaxed into surrendering.’
    • ‘We weren't exactly abducted either, we were coaxed into coming into their house.’
    • ‘She warns them that she doesn't want to wear the cloak but they insist and her mother coaxes her to go along with their request.’
    • ‘I coax him to the table by setting out an open beer.’
    • ‘Once he was finally coaxed into a room with some of the city's finest musicians last year, he was hooked.’
    • ‘The negotiators talked to him and managed to coax him out.’
    • ‘I tried to coax him down but I could see he was terrified.’
    • ‘He waved at me as if he knew me already and coaxed me to come over and talk to him for while.’
    persuade, wheedle, cajole, talk into something, get round, prevail on, beguile, flatter, seduce, lure, entice, tempt, inveigle, woo, manoeuvre
    sweet-talk, soft-soap, butter up, twist someone's arm
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    1. 1.1Use flattery or gradual persuasion to obtain something from.
      ‘we coaxed money out of my father’
      figurative ‘coaxing more speed from the car’
      • ‘He uses a prepared piano on a number of tracks, sometimes coaxing harpsichord-like timbres from it.’
      • ‘The director coaxes some terrific performances from a noteworthy cast.’
      • ‘If he can coax some defectors from the opposition, he may reach a majority.’
      • ‘She cocked her head to one side with a sly smile, like a toddler coaxing a treat from a grownup.’
      • ‘He is adept at coaxing performances from actors with little or no experience.’
      • ‘Alex was coaxing a fire from the wet wood we'd gathered.’
      • ‘She has coaxed excellent performances from the girls and uses animation and dream sequencey stuff extremely well.’
      • ‘He coaxes strong performances out of most of his cast.’
      • ‘His timing remained exquisite, expertly coaxing laughs from the bleakest onscreen situation.’
      • ‘I propped this glorious child on my shoulder and coaxed a burp from her.’
      • ‘He's a big fella, well over 6 feet, with hands the size of tree stumps, but still able to coax sweet sounds from a guitar.’
      • ‘The charities are brutally businesslike in coaxing dollars from the wallets of the super-rich.’
      • ‘She was able to coax new insights from those oft-interviewed.’
      • ‘Many of his memories of his homeland are of sitting in traffic jams or waiting in lineups that ate up time he would have preferred to spend coaxing notes from his guitar.’
      • ‘Guided by an inner-something that could only have been instinct, she was soon making silly noises and coaxing delighted squeals from the little tyrant.’
      • ‘He coaxes some excellent performances from his singers.’
      • ‘She was the only attendee, watching intently as he coaxed snakes from one basket to another with the mouth of his oboe.’
      • ‘At dinner, he was the focus of everyone's attention, and they coaxed some information from him.’
      • ‘He coaxed a superb performance from the young actor.’
      • ‘He sharply criticizes the leader for using food aid as a diplomatic tool to coax concessions from rogue governments.’
    2. 1.2Manipulate (something) carefully into a particular shape or position.
      ‘her lovely hair had been coaxed into ringlets’
      • ‘When my turn arrives I slowly, carefully coax the boat round until the wind is directly behind it.’
      • ‘Carefully, and ever so gently, Tristan coaxed my weight upwards to more of a sitting position.’
      • ‘After coaxing the bird on to his arm, he started to make his way back home.’
      • ‘She coaxed the boys' hair into snowy peaks.’
      • ‘You could try printing it on color transparency plastic and then heating it with a hair dryer whilst it is gently coaxed on to the surface of the mask.’
      • ‘She placed the lantern in the boat and coaxed the pig aboard as it had crossed the river many times with her before.’
      • ‘Few of us have a team of trained hair professionals to dry, set, curl and coax our hair into perfection every morning.’
      • ‘He nodded, and soon she went about her work, coaxing the muddy roots from the ground for springtime use.’
      • ‘With a broad wooden scraper, he coaxed the paint back and forward before lifting the screen to survey his handiwork.’
      • ‘Some were seen coaxing their pigs up the stairs!’
      • ‘The birds are in the trees, and if I could coax them down to my shoulder, then my trek may be warranted.’
      • ‘After coaxing them to the surface with your feet, it's a simple matter of reaching down and scooping them up.’
      • ‘It is a special puzzle challenge to coax these sets into a symmetrical shape.’
      • ‘My son caught it by knocking it off the car with a twig, then coaxing it on to a piece of card, and then putting it in a jam jar.’
      • ‘Half an hour was spent coaxing it off the track to safety.’
      • ‘Use a metal pastry scraper to coax the dough into shape, and a minimal sprinkling of flour, as necessary.’
      • ‘She shook her unruly mane of red hair, attempting and failing to coax it into some semblance of order.’
      • ‘She knew no greater thrill than coaxing a child from the womb, and receiving it alive into her own hands, wet, warm and squirming.’
      • ‘He coaxed the mouse onto his hand and put it into a tiny wicker basket.’


Late 16th century: from obsolete cokes simpleton of unknown origin. The original sense was pet, fondle hence persuade by caresses or flattery the underlying sense being make a simpleton of.

Main definitions of coax in English

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  • Coaxial cable.

    • ‘Another good antenna that's been popular around here for over 20 years is the ‘J-pole’ made from a piece of old TV antenna twin lead and a piece of coax.’
    • ‘Yes, if I were a nesting bird, I'd find a coil of coax to be the perfect shape for a nest.’
    • ‘After all, you can't lay fiber, buy cable modems and pay for cable TV with surplus coax.’
    • ‘Today, a bad picture isn't a problem with the rabbit ears or a loose bit of coax: it means that the decompression of a digital video stream has gone all wonky.’
    • ‘It can serve up to four video streams simultaneously - one to a locally connected HDTV and three to additional client boxes connected via coax anywhere in the home.’


  • Coaxial.

    ‘coax connectors’
    • ‘Although both devices may have coax connections, once you see the image quality between them, you'll see why you should go with S-Video.’
    • ‘In areas where cable modem service is available, the cable company can sculpt that down to the single coax line.’
    • ‘As multimedia enthusiasts can tell you, a coax connection is not the best choice for image quality, to put it mildly.’
    • ‘In addition to the antennas supplied, the antenna connector on the hand held radio will accept a common coax antenna cable connector.’
    • ‘Be it cable or satellite, just plug the coax cable into the coaxial cable input, and you have access for up to 125 channels.’