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

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Other Words from ingratiate

ingratiation \ in-​ˌgrā-​shē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce ingratiation (audio) \ noun
ingratiatory \ in-​ˈgrā-​sh(ē-​)ə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce ingratiatory (audio) \ 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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The film follows a power struggle between Rachel Weisz’s character, a longtime friend and confidant of Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman, and Emma Stone’s character, a newcomer who quickly ingratiates herself with the monarch. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "How the Costumes in The Favourite Help Tell the Story of Queen Anne," 21 Nov. 2018 This is hardly the first time Mr. Kadyrov is making a theatrical attempt to ingratiate himself with the international sports world. New York Times, "Mo Salah, Now Starring in Chechnya," 11 June 2018 In many ways, that’s a good fit for McCarthy, who has worked to ingratiate himself with conservatives in the House and has always been a stronger political messenger than a policy mastermind. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How a small, Trumpy group of House Republicans wants to keep a check on Democrats," 29 Nov. 2018 Its occasional attempts at wryness result in a choking dryness, with the only levity coming from the arrival of a green and gullible cousin, Greg (Nicholas Braun), who attempts to ingratiate his way into this inner circle of snakes. Hank Stuever,, "In HBO's 'Succession,' a family so cruel you'll be sorry you ever met them," 1 June 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ingratiate

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


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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