Definition of ingratiate
- ingratiate themselves with the community leaders
- —William Attwood
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Seventeenth-century English speakers combined the Latin noun gratia, meaning "grace" or "favor," with the English prefix in- to create the verb "ingratiate." When you ingratiate yourself, you are putting yourself in someone's good graces to gain their approval or favor. English words related to "ingratiate" include "gratis" and "gratuity." Both of these reflect something done or given as a favor through the good graces of the giver.
: to gain favor or approval for (yourself) by doing or saying things that people like
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