[ in-grey-shee-eyt ]
/ ɪnˈgreɪ ʃiˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), in·gra·ti·at·ed, in·gra·ti·at·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.

Origin of ingratiate

1615–25; perhaps <Latin in grātiam into favor, after Italian ingraziare.See in, grace, -ate1


in·gra·ti·a·tion, nounin·gra·ti·a·to·ry [in-grey-shee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for ingratiate

/ (ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪˌeɪt) /


(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- ² + grātia grace, favour
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