Ingratiate meaning

ĭn-grāshē-āt
To bring (oneself, for example) into the favor or good graces of another, especially by deliberate effort.

She quickly sought to ingratiate herself with the new administration.

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Ingratiate is defined as to gain favor by effort.

An example of ingratiate is for a worker to become well liked by being kind to his coworkers.

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To make acceptable; esp., to bring (oneself) into another's favor or good graces by conscious effort.
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To recommend; to render easy or agreeable; followed by to.

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(reflexive) To bring oneself into favour with someone by flattering or trying to please them.

The court jester isn't exactly ingratiating himself to the king with his insults.

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Origin of ingratiate

  • Perhaps from Italian ingraziare from in grazia into favor from Latin in grātiam in in in–2 grātiam accusative of grātia favor (from grātus pleasing gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1622. From Italian ingraziare, which from ingratiare, which from in gratia, which from Latin in grātiam (into favour), which from grātus.

    From Wiktionary