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.

Definitions of coax
  1. verb
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    synonyms: blarney, cajole, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle
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    persuade someone through flattery
    browbeat, bully, swagger
    discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
    type of:
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
  2. verb
    carefully manipulate, adjust, or bring to a desired state
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    type of:
    adjust, correct, set
    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  3. noun
    a transmission line for high-frequency signals
    synonyms: coax cable, coaxial cable
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    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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