To persuade by gentle, insinuating courtesy, flattering, or fondling; to wheedle; to soothe.
- To persuade or try to persuade by pleading or flattery; cajole.
- To obtain by persistent persuasion: coaxed the secret out of the child.
- Obsolete To caress; fondle.
- 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.
- Informal A coaxial cable.