ingratiate

[in-grey-shee-eyt]
verb (used with object), ingratiated, ingratiating.
to establish (oneself) in the favor or good graces of others, especially by deliberate effort (usually followed by with ): He ingratiated himself with all the guests.

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

ingratiation, noun
ingratiatory [in-grey-shee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
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ingratiate (ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪˌeɪt)
 
vb (often foll by with)
to place (oneself) purposely in the favour (of another)
 
[C17: from Latin, from in-² + grātia grace, favour]
 
in'gratiating
 
adj
 
in'gratiatory
 
adj
 
in'gratiatingly
 
adv
 
ingrati'ation
 
n

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ingratiate
1622, from It. ingraziare "to bring (oneself) into favor," from L. in gratiam "for the favor of," from in- "in" + gratia "favor, grace."
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Example sentences
Most of these roles fall under the category of someone with authority, which leads us to ingratiation.
Ingratiation and access, in any event, are not corruption.
Ingratiation with the target's co-workers or family members.
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