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coax

coax

 
 
pronunciation:
koks
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: coaxed, coaxes, coaxing
definition 1: to persuade or try to do so by gradual, gentle means such as flattery, pleading, or promises.
The other parents coaxed him into being the coach of the kids' soccer team.She might agree to help if you coax her a little.His father coaxed him away from the TV with the promise of going out for ice cream.
synonyms:
sweet-talk, talk, wheedle
antonyms:
bully, hector, threaten
similar words:
cajole, induce, inveigle, persuade, prevail, soft-soap, urge
definition 2: to obtain by patient, gentle persuasion.
She coaxed a favor from her neighbor.
antonyms:
coerce
similar words:
inveigle, wheedle
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to use gentle, patient persuasion.
When he cannot demand, he coaxes.
synonyms:
sweet-talk
similar words:
cajole, urge, wheedle
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