Definition of ingratiate in English:



ingratiate oneself
  • Bring oneself into favour with someone by flattering or trying to please them.

    ‘a sycophantic attempt to ingratiate herself with the local aristocracy’
    • ‘Obsequiousness tends to refer to a desire to ingratiate oneself, and to win benefits through flattery.’
    • ‘He spent much of that time ingratiating himself with the affluent.’
    • ‘Make contacts, ingratiate yourself to people, impress them, charm them.’
    • ‘Counsel will do anything to ingratiate themselves with the Court, Mr Jackson.’
    • ‘There's nothing unusual about reporters ingratiating themselves to a source.’
    • ‘Kailash soon appears, threatening Madhu while ingratiating himself with Dimanji and flirting with the family's mischievous maid.’
    • ‘By selling off heirlooms and ingratiating themselves with prison staff and exiled aristocrats the twins eventually secure his release.’
    • ‘In reality, we were an unknown band who had actually come to this studio at this awful hour in hopes of ingratiating ourselves to the program director.’
    • ‘Of course, Ballard has always disdained or been uninterested in ingratiating himself with any kind of literary social scene.’
    • ‘We used to spend entire ‘layout weekends’ to get the school paper ready for press, oftentimes spending the entire weekend ingratiating ourselves on the hospitality of Phil and his family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Darius is not shy of ingratiating himself to famous people.’
    • ‘There can be few more humiliating sights than a British prime minister ingratiating himself with his French and German counterparts.’
    • ‘He portrays him as a slightly nerdish character who cleverly ingratiates himself with his fellow journalists with a supportive word here and considerate action there.’
    • ‘A devious and impoverished loser smoothly ingratiates himself into the closed and sophisticated world of a family whose lifestyle he passionately covets.’
    • ‘He says, ‘You don't know whether she was trying to ingratiate herself to other kids by doing favours.’
    • ‘She ingratiates herself into his life, about which she knows more than she should, or even could.’
    • ‘Well, if the emphasis is on ingratiating themselves, I don't agree with that, because I think it's now seen very much in their interest to cooperate with us.’
    • ‘Bradshaw wanted to work for the firm and his presence at the scene of the fire, which left two vehicles badly damaged, was a way of ingratiating himself by raising the alarm and acting like a hero.’
    curry favour with, find the favour of, cultivate, win over, get on the good side of, get in someone's good books
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Early 17th century: from Latin in gratiam ‘into favour’, on the pattern of obsolete Italian ingratiare, earlier form of ingraziare.