- Bring oneself into favour with someone by flattering or trying to please them: a sycophantic attempt to ingratiate herself with the local aristocracyMore example sentences
curry favour with, find the favour of, cultivate, win over, get on the good side of, get in someone's good books; toady to, crawl to, grovel to, fawn over, be obsequious towards, kowtow to, bow and scrape to, play up to, truckle to, pander to, be a yes man/woman to, be a sycophant to, flatter, court, dance attendance on
- 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.
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- 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 favour', on the pattern of obsolete Italian ingratiare, earlier form of ingraziare.