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coax

American English: /koʊks/
British English: /kəʊks/

transitive verb

  • to coax somebody/something into -ingI coaxed the child into going to bed
    convencí al niño para que se acostara
    I coaxed the engine into starting/the animal into the cage
    con paciencia logré que el motor arrancara/que el animal se metiera en la jaula
    to coax somebody to + infinitiveshe coaxed them to eat
    con paciencia intentó que comieran
    to coax something from o out of somebody
    sonsacarle algo a alguien
    I managed to coax an answer/the information out of her
    logré sonsacarle una respuesta/la información
    a coaxing voice/smile
    una voz/sonrisa persuasiva
    Example sentences
    • This year I was coaxed into starting my holiday baking early.
    • He was coaxed into a reading and soon found himself studying with an acting coach, having his long hair cut to marine length for the part.
    • After the fighting ended, he hid in the jungle for two years before he was coaxed into surrendering.
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