verb (used with object), in·gra·ti·at·ed, in·gra·ti·at·ing.
  1. 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 formsin·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. 2018

Related Words for ingratiated

flatter, kowtow, attract, captivate, grovel, charm, blandish, crawl, truckle

Examples from the Web for ingratiated

Contemporary Examples of ingratiated

Historical Examples of ingratiated

  • 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.

  • Why have you not ingratiated yourself with some 'divine creature,' who has a rich papa?


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for ingratiated


  1. (tr often foll by with) to place (oneself) purposely in the favour (of another)
Derived Formsingratiating or ingratiatory, adjectiveingratiatingly, adverbingratiation, noun

Word Origin for ingratiate

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