[ in-grey-shee-eyt ]
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verb (used with object),in·gra·ti·at·ed, in·gra·ti·at·ing.
  1. to establish (oneself or another person) 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

First recorded in 1615–25; perhaps from Latin in grātiam “into favor,” after Italian ingraziare; see in, grace, -ate1

Other words from ingratiate

  • in·gra·ti·a·tion [in-grey-shee-ey-shuhn], /ɪnˌgreɪ ʃiˈeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • in·gra·ti·a·to·ry [in-grey-shee-uh-tawr-ee], /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃi əˌtɔr i/, adjective

Words Nearby ingratiate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ingratiate in a sentence

  • “We tried incredibly hard to ingratiate ourselves to Sarah Palin and her family,” said Broomfield in an interview.

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  • Patricia Kluge tried to ingratiate herself with her neighbor the queen, but was continually snubbed.

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  • De Luynes presented her at court with instructions to ingratiate herself with the queen—Anne of Austria—and the king.

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  • I did my utmost to ingratiate myself with her, for I knew that if any one could obtain the information I required she would do so.

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  • In my opinion, you came simply to ingratiate yourself with Mr. Murray, and your conduct to-day has proved it.

  • He would show an interest in the family and ingratiate himself in that way; he would be asking after the children next.

  • He felt that he was taking an unreasoning dislike for the apologising Thomas, so anxious to ingratiate himself.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels | Mrs. Charles Bryce

British Dictionary definitions for ingratiate


/ (ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪˌeɪt) /

  1. (tr often foll by with) to place (oneself) purposely in the favour (of another)

Origin of ingratiate

C17: from Latin, from in- ² + grātia grace, favour

Derived forms of ingratiate

  • ingratiating or ingratiatory, adjective
  • ingratiatingly, adverb
  • ingratiation, noun

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