Definition of ingratiate in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈɡrāSHēˌāt/


(ingratiate oneself)
Bring oneself into favor with someone by flattering or trying to please them: a social climber who had tried to ingratiate herself with the city gentry
More example sentences
  • You could even be advised by the presiding judge to try and sell your efforts to barristers-at-law in any future court appearances and ingratiate yourself with the judiciary.
  • Obsequiousness tends to refer to a desire to ingratiate oneself, and to win benefits through flattery.
  • But the carefully staged set-piece interview in the Times in which he came out had the feel of an ageing crooner desperate to ingratiate himself with the younger generation by bringing out a rap record.
curry favor with, cultivate, win over, get in good with;
toady to, grovel to, fawn over, kowtow to, play up to, pander to, flatter, court, wheedle, schmooze
informal suck up to, lick someone's boots, butter up, brown-nose



Pronunciation: /-ˌɡrāSHēˈāSHən/
Example sentences
  • You will be fêted and your ego stroked; ingratiation will be the first approach.
  • Nor did she apologise for the desire to be admired: it didn't appear to be an act of approval-seeking ingratiation but rather one of aggressive confidence.
  • Recycling is useful both as incantation and as ingratiation.


Early 17th century: from Latin in gratiam 'into favor', on the pattern of obsolete Italian ingratiare, earlier form of ingraziare.

Words that rhyme with ingratiate

expatiate, satiate

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Syllabification: in·gra·ti·ate

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