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 withingratiate 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.

Examples of ingratiate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even during the war, Blunt was continuing to publish critical essays and academic papers, and further ingratiating himself with members of the art historical establishment. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown Got It Right: Anthony Blunt, Queen Elizabeth's Art Curator, Was a Soviet Spy," 17 Nov. 2019 Most jazz reissues are a welcome way to ingratiate an artist’s legacy with a new audience and, in the process, make a few bucks for whatever conglomerate owns the repurposed tapes. Bret Saunders, The Know, "Get a taste of New Orleans when Preservation Hall Jazz Band comes to Denver," 2 Nov. 2019 Deutsche Bank went on to win a high-profile role in the I.P.O. The success ingratiated Mr. Zhang with his superiors, especially Mr. Ackermann. Michael Forsythe, New York Times, "Inside a Brazen Scheme to Woo China: Gifts, Golf and a $4,254 Wine," 14 Oct. 2019 By the end of high school, other students had become more accepting, and Brown ingratiated himself with witty banter and by drawing caricatures of teachers. Adam Green, The New Yorker, "How Derren Brown Remade Mind Reading for Skeptics," 30 Sep. 2019 Yet, the Spaniard seems to have already ingratiated himself to the Arsenal faithful after his performances thus far., "Dani Ceballos Plays Down Comparison With Former Arsenal 'King' Despite Promising Start," 26 Aug. 2019 Epstein tried desperately to ingratiate himself with fellow inmates, the consultant who had spoken with inmates said. Ali Watkins,, "The last days of Jeffrey Epstein," 17 Aug. 2019 After confessing this dare to Union authorities, she was directed to take the bet in order to ingratiate herself with Southern sympathizers and feed information back to the Union. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "The Actress Who Left the Stage to Become a Civil War Spy," 12 Aug. 2019 Nonetheless, Epstein was apparently able to amass enormous wealth and ingratiate himself with scientists and academics. Anna North, Vox, "His death doesn’t mean his story is over," 10 Aug. 2019

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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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23 Nov 2019

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“Ingratiate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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