AskDefine | Define cajole

Dictionary Definition

cajole v : influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along" [syn: wheedle, palaver, blarney, coax, sweet-talk, inveigle]

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To encourage or persuade by effort; to coax.
    She tried to cajole the toddler into the bathtub.

Translations

to encourage or persuade by effort
  • Finnish: houkutella, suostutella

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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