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[in-grey-shee-eyt] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), ingratiated, ingratiating.
to establish (oneself or someone else) in the favor or good graces of someone, especially by deliberate effort (usually followed by with): He ingratiated himself with all the guests.
She ingratiated her colleagues with her well-researched project proposal.
Origin of ingratiate
1615-25; perhaps < Latin in grātiam into favor, after Italian ingraziare. See in, grace, -ate1
Related forms
ingratiation, noun
[in-grey-shee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • In fact, there were one or two of his acquaintances in Clearfield to whom he went out of his way to ingratiate himself.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • No man is more formed to ingratiate himself with her than Melbourne.

    The Greville Memoirs (Second Part) Charles C. F. Greville
  • Living as he does with Mr. Jennings, he will naturally try to ingratiate himself with him, and stand first in his esteem.

    Driven From Home Horatio Alger
  • The pigmy had contrived to ingratiate himself into every man's affection.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • It will pay you much better to please Opportunity in general than to ingratiate yourself with any person in particular.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
British Dictionary definitions for ingratiate


(transitive) often foll by with. to place (oneself) purposely in the favour (of another)
Derived Forms
ingratiating, ingratiatory, adjective
ingratiatingly, adverb
ingratiation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from in-² + grātia grace, favour
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Word Origin and History for ingratiate

1620s, possibly via 16c. Italian ingraziarsi "to bring (oneself) into favor," from Latin in gratiam "for the favor of," from in "in" (see in- (2)) + gratia "favor, grace" (see grace).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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