coax

When you coax someone, you try to convince him gently, with pleasant words and maybe a little flattery. You’ll have to be patient, as you can’t rush someone you’re trying to coax.

When you coax, you have to be nice about it – you can’t threaten or force. You put on a little charm and gently urge, so that the person or thing is happy about being coaxed. You might coax the runaway elephant back into the zoo by patting her gently and talking into her ear. If you wake up with a terrible bedhead, you might coax your hair back into place with the help of a little hair gel and a comb.

Primary Meanings of coax

1.
v
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
2.
n
a transmission line for high-frequency signals
Full Definitions of coax
1

v influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

Synonyms:
blarney, cajole, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle
Types:
soft-soap
persuade someone through flattery
browbeat, bully, swagger
discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
Type of:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
2

n a transmission line for high-frequency signals

Synonyms:
coax cable, coaxial cable
Types:
ethernet cable
any of several types of coaxial cable used in ethernets
Type of:
cable, line, transmission line
a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

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