ingratiate

verb
in·​gra·​ti·​ate | \ in-ˈgrā-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce ingratiate (audio) \
ingratiated; ingratiating

Definition of ingratiate

transitive verb

: to gain favor or favorable acceptance for by deliberate effort usually used with with ingratiate themselves with the community leaders— William Attwood

Other Words from ingratiate

ingratiation \ in-​ˌgrā-​shē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce ingratiate (audio) \ noun
ingratiatory \ in-​ˈgrā-​sh(ē-​)ə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce ingratiate (audio) \ adjective

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17th-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.

Examples of ingratiate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Westbrook has tried hard to distribute the basketball and ingratiate himself into the offense as a third wheel behind James and Davis. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Instead, Russian trolls build up fake personas online, trying to ingratiate themselves into preexisting Reddit communities, and then move the conversation on to their true aims. Chris Stokel-walker, Wired, 1 Dec. 2021 NGOs start playing the aid game, seeking to ingratiate themselves with donors, as opposed to serving the local population. Nives Dolsak And Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 The film, which portrays members of a poor family that ingratiate themselves with a wealthy family, exposed many international viewers to the realities of inequality in Korea. Se-woong Koo, Quartz, 7 Oct. 2021 If Sark really wants to ingratiate himself with the faithful in Austin, a win over the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth would be a great start. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 In the indictment, that effort is further described as using the social charms of DeGuzman’s wife to help ingratiate Francis to the official and his wife. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021 Prosecutors painted Hale as eager to ingratiate himself with journalists, but Hale described himself as racked with angst over the role his actions may have played in the taking of innocent lives. NBC News, 28 July 2021 Prosecutors painted Hale as eager to ingratiate himself with journalists, but Hale described himself as racked with angst over the role his actions may have played in the taking of innocent lives. Eric Tucker, ajc, 28 July 2021

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First Known Use of ingratiate

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ingratiate

in- entry 2 + Latin gratia grace

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19 Jan 2022

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“Ingratiate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ingratiate. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for ingratiate

ingratiate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ingratiate

: to gain favor or approval for (yourself) by doing or saying things that people like

ingratiate

verb
in·​gra·​ti·​ate | \ in-ˈgrā-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce ingratiate (audio) \
ingratiated; ingratiating

Kids Definition of ingratiate

: to gain favor for by effort He ingratiates himself with teachers by being helpful.

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