Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
v. coaxed, coax·ing, coax·es
1. To persuade or try to persuade by pleading or flattery; cajole.
2. To obtain by persistent persuasion: coaxed the secret out of the child.
3. Obsolete To caress; fondle.
4. To move to or adjust toward a desired end: "A far more promising approach to treating advanced melanoma is to coax the immune system to recognize melanoma cells as deadly" (Natalie Angier).
To use persuasion or inducement.
[Obsolete cokes, to fool, from cokes, fool.]
co·ax 2(kō′ăks, kō-ăks′)
A coaxial cable.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.