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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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  • Before they rose Weirmarsh had ingratiated himself with his enemy.

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • Ernest felt that in some way he had ingratiated himself with him.

    A Cousin's Conspiracy Horatio Alger
  • Why have you not ingratiated yourself with some 'divine creature,' who has a rich papa?

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

    Ande Trembath

    Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • He had been down each one of the shafts, and had ingratiated himself with the men.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • Closer acquaintance with his art had not ingratiated him with his public.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • They ingratiated themselves with the rich as much as with the poor.

  • He could not have said anything that would have ingratiated him more with Florence.

    Adrift in New York

    Horatio Alger
  • Polly would have ingratiated herself with her; and pretended to be concerned for her misfortunes.

    Clarissa, Volume 7 Samuel Richardson
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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