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[in-grey-shee-eyt] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), ingratiated, ingratiating.
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 forms
ingratiation, noun
[in-grey-shee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the web for ingratiate
  • Adopting that stance may ingratiate you to department members in the short term, but it also demonstrates a lack of leadership.
  • And that comment has more potential to alienate than ingratiate.
  • If everyone in a group were to ingratiate themselves the same amount, they would not all obtain equal status.
  • Most people who fear that event are doing their best to ingratiate themselves with the mob before it wholly loses its temper.
  • She doesn't ingratiate herself with the audience or seek to charm.
  • ingratiate yourself with bosses, colleagues through humor.
  • Reporters have to ingratiate themselves into the lives of jerks, crooks, and the husbands of missing wives to get stories.
  • At first they think they are in jail and start to perform their shtick to ingratiate themselves with their fellow inmates.
  • He's not sweating to ingratiate himself through the damp excesses that can mark some of his other work.
  • Otherwise attempt to ingratiate or indoctrinate the jury.
British Dictionary definitions for ingratiate


(transitive) often foll by with. to place (oneself) purposely in the favour (of another)
Derived Forms
ingratiating, ingratiatory, adjective
ingratiatingly, adverb
ingratiation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from in-² + grātia grace, favour
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Word Origin and History for ingratiate

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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