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ingratiate

[ in-grey-shee-eyt ]
/ 瑟n藞gre瑟 蕛i藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路gra路ti路at路ed, in路gra路ti路at路ing.
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.
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Origin of ingratiate

First recorded in 1615鈥25; perhaps from Latin in gr膩tiam 鈥渋nto favor,鈥 after Italian ingraziar; see in, grace, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM ingratiate

in路gra路ti路a路tion [in-grey-shee-ey-shuhn], /瑟n藢gre瑟 蕛i藞e瑟 蕛蓹n/, nounin路gra路ti路a路to路ry [in-grey-shee-uh-tawr-ee], /瑟n藞gre瑟 蕛i 蓹藢t蓴r i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ingratiate

ingratiate
/ (瑟n藞伞re瑟蕛瑟藢e瑟t) /

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

Derived forms of ingratiate

ingratiating or ingratiatory, adjectiveingratiatingly, adverbingratiation, noun

Word Origin for ingratiate

C17: from Latin, from in- 虏 + gr膩tia grace, favour
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