Definition of ingratiate in English:



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

    ‘a sycophantic attempt to ingratiate herself with the local aristocracy’
    • ‘Darius is not shy of ingratiating himself to famous people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By selling off heirlooms and ingratiating themselves with prison staff and exiled aristocrats the twins eventually secure his release.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's nothing unusual about reporters ingratiating themselves to a source.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He spent much of that time ingratiating himself with the affluent.’
    • ‘Of course, Ballard has always disdained or been uninterested in ingratiating himself with any kind of literary social scene.’
    • ‘Obsequiousness tends to refer to a desire to ingratiate oneself, and to win benefits through flattery.’
    • ‘Kailash soon appears, threatening Madhu while ingratiating himself with Dimanji and flirting with the family's mischievous maid.’
    • ‘Make contacts, ingratiate yourself to people, impress them, charm them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She ingratiates herself into his life, about which she knows more than she should, or even could.’
    • ‘He says, ‘You don't know whether she was trying to ingratiate herself to other kids by doing favours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Counsel will do anything to ingratiate themselves with the Court, Mr Jackson.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 to, be a yes woman to, be a sycophant to, flatter, court, dance attendance on
    keep someone sweet, suck up to, rub up the right way, lick someone's boots
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Early 17th century: from Latin in gratiam into favour, on the pattern of obsolete Italian ingratiare, earlier form of ingraziare.