charming; agreeable; pleasing.
deliberately meant to gain favor: an ingratiating manner.

Nearby words

  1. ingrained,
  2. ingram,
  3. ingrate,
  4. ingrately,
  5. ingratiate,
  6. ingratitude,
  7. ingravescent,
  8. ingredient,
  9. ingres,
  10. ingres, jean auguste dominique

Origin of ingratiating

First recorded in 1635–45; ingratiate + -ing2

Related formsin·gra·ti·at·ing·ly, adverbun·in·gra·ti·at·ing, adjective



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

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ingratiating



(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 ingratiating



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).

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