[ in-grey-shee-eyt ]
See synonyms for: ingratiateingratiatingingratiationingratiatory on

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ingratiate in a sentence

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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