Definition of ingratiate
: to gain favor or favorable acceptance for by deliberate effort —usually used with with ingratiate themselves with the community leaders — William Attwood
ingratiationplay \in-ˌgrā-shē-ˈā-shən\ noun
ingratiatoryplay \in-ˈgrā-sh(ē-)ə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
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Recent Examples of ingratiate from the Web
That visit helped ingratiate the young royal to Trump, and Saudi Arabia to the new administration in Washington.
Francis ingratiated himself with senior officers and contracting personnel by throwing extravagant parties with prostitutes and, in some cases, bribing Navy officials with envelopes of cash.
Laughing when others laugh or tensing when others tense does more than ingratiate.
If true, calling their most beloved player around a saint is one way to ingratiate herself with her hosts.
McKenzie Milton, UCF, QB The dual-threat freshman quickly ingratiated himself with UCF fans by helping lead the Knights from a winless season in 2015 to six-wins and bowl berth in 2016.
And so Ross Diedrich flew to Reno and started ingratiating himself to his first would-be investor by teaching Ozmen how to do a muscle-up while suspended in the air.
The hotel has raised concerns for government ethics experts because guests, including foreign government officials, can try to ingratiate themselves with Trump and the US government by spending their money there.
But more recently Trump has appeared to try to ingratiate himself with McConnell, choosing a McConnell favorite, Amul Thapar, as his first circuit court nominee.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of ingratiate
2in- + Latin gratia grace
First Known Use: 1621See Words from the same year
INGRATIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ingratiate for English Language Learners
: to gain favor or approval for (yourself) by doing or saying things that people like
INGRATIATE Defined for Kids
Definition of ingratiate for Students
: to gain favor for by effort He ingratiates himself with teachers by being helpful.
Word Root of ingratiate
The Latin word gratus, meaning “pleasing” or “thankful,” gives us the root grat. Words from the Latin gratus have something to do with being pleasing or being thankful. To ingratiate yourself is to make others feel thankful for something you've done. To feel grateful is to feel thankful for something. Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness. To congratulate is to express how pleasing someone's success is.
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