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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),
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  • She and her husband sat at the table, and the guest's "sociable ways" ingratiated him with them, before the meal was half over.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • I overcame the natural repugnance that I had to them, and ingratiated myself with them.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • Before they rose Weirmarsh had ingratiated himself with his enemy.

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • He had been down each one of the shafts, and had ingratiated himself with the men.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • Besides this he called frequently at the wool office, and ingratiated himself into Mr. Fern's good graces in many ways.

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
  • He could not have said anything that would have ingratiated him more with Florence.

    Adrift in New York Horatio Alger
  • The prophet had ingratiated himself by fortunate circumstances and an abounding tact.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone Frederic Remington
  • Polly would have ingratiated herself with her; and pretended to be concerned for her misfortunes.

    Clarissa, Volume 7 Samuel Richardson
  • Baltimore appears to have ingratiated himself with Cromwell, for in 1657 he was restored to power.

    The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton
British Dictionary definitions for ingratiated


(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 ingratiated



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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