V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to influence, persuade, and manipulate by flattery and gentle, persistent effort

Synonyms: persuade, allure, cajole, lure

Antonyms: dissuade, force, deter

Tips: One can coax someone to come out of his shell, or coax a friend to go along with a crazy antic. Objects can be coaxed to function properly. See cajole for more information.

Usage Examples:

The little girl had an uncanny knack for coaxing timid rabbits out of their hiding places. (persuading, luring)

The student was frequently able to coax his teachers into allowing him to make up missed assignments. (cajole, persuade)

I tried to coax the puppy into doing the trick by offering him a treat. (persuade)

His big smile and sweet compliments coaxed me out of my bad mood. (persuaded, lured)

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