ingratiate

verb
in·​gra·​ti·​ate | \ in-ˈgrā-shē-ˌāt \
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

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Other Words from ingratiate

ingratiation \ in-​ˌgrā-​shē-​ˈā-​shən \ noun
ingratiatory \ in-​ˈgrā-​sh(ē-​)ə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective

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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.

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To ingratiate her with the people, the royal family began a Christmas tradition of welcoming children into the palace for a holiday celebration. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Albert of Monaco Follows in Grace Kelly's Footsteps to Play Santa for a Day," 21 Dec. 2018 By keeping celebrities’ embarrassing secrets, the company was able to ingratiate itself with them and ask for favors in return. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 To better ingratiate itself with its trading partners, and indeed to sustain its own economic growth, China needs deep structural reforms that would move it closer to a free market. Weijian Shan, WSJ, "Both Sides Can Win the Trade War," 13 Aug. 2018 People who attend get access to French bulldogs for 70 minutes, as well as bags of treats to ingratiate them, but there's something in it for the dogs, too. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "French Bulldog Cafe Pops Up in London," 9 Aug. 2018 The album is a complex, varied, subtle, richly multilayered work, overflowing with ideas and by no means immediately ingratiating. Jon Pareles And Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Kendrick Lamar Shakes Up the Pulitzer Game: Let’s Discuss," 17 Apr. 2018 There is openly no reason for The Market to exist, other than to ingratiate an overreaching monolith to a public that no longer trusts it or likes it. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Breakfast at Facebook at Macy’s," 9 Nov. 2018 Fred Trump had also spent years ingratiating himself with Brooklyn’s Democratic machine, giving money, doing favors and making the sort of friends (like Abraham D. Beame, a future mayor) who could make life easier for a developer. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Jade isn’t the only gem that’s ingratiated itself into our hair-care routines of late. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Jade and Rose Quartz Combs Are The Latest Trend in Hair Care," 27 July 2018

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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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ingratiate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ingratiate

often disapproving : 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 \
ingratiated; ingratiating

Kids Definition of ingratiate

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

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