ingratiate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ingratiate gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Ingratiate To gain favor.
    • Ingratiate To introduce or commend to the favor of another; to bring into favor; to insinuate; -- used reflexively, and followed by with before the person whose favor is sought. "Lysimachus . . . ingratiated himself both with Philip and his pupil."
    • Ingratiate To recommend; to render easy or agreeable; -- followed by to. "What difficulty would it [the love of Christ] not ingratiate to us?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ingratiate To establish in the confidence, favor, or good graces of another; make agreeable or acceptable: used reflexively, and followed by with.
    • ingratiate To introduce by exciting gratitude or good will; insinuate or recommend by acceptable conduct or sentiments: absolute or with into.
    • ingratiate To recommend.
    • ingratiate To bring into a state of grace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ingratiate in-grā′shi-āt to commend to grace or favour (used reflexively, and followed by with): to secure the good-will of another.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. in-, in + L. gratia,. See Grace
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. in, into, gratia, favour.

Usage

In literature:

He wagged his tail ingratiatingly, but we ruthlessly pushed him off, went in and shut the door in his face.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Douglas was conciliatory, almost ingratiating.
"Trapped in 'Black Russia'" by Ruth Pierce
It is explained as much by the dislike of Ralegh as by Essex's ingratiating characteristics.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Ernest felt that in some way he had ingratiated himself with him.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
Mabyn, encouraged, amplified his penitent, ingratiating air.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Loughborough, the chancellor, saw an opportunity for ingratiating himself by betraying the prime minister.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
We propitiate and ingratiate by means of gifts.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
I am quite aware that Richard Dewey has been seeking to ingratiate himself with you.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger
The next he knew, three flushed visitors were descending on him with ingratiating grins.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
He whinnied ingratiatingly and tugged at his hitching strap.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
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In news:

93 minutes, Spanish, with English subtitles When a remote village in Argentina formally becomes a town, Hidalgo, a slick, ingratiating scion, is eager to be the new mayor.
Mitt Romney's appearance at the NAACP convention in Houston was the occasion for much media tittering—after all, the candidate's prior attempts to ingratiate himself with African-Americans had produced some awkward moments.
There is a point at which ingratiation is corrosive, and women too often find it.
The term " schmoozing " sometimes takes on a negative connotation--it can feel somehow ingratiating, insincere, or pushy.
Even prior to the release of her 1971 debut, the fire-haired blues songstress from New York was ingratiating herself to the masses.
It may be tough for Sarah Palin to know who her true friends are—especially when journalists go to great lengths to ingratiate themselves with her.
You can touch Howard Stern without it, now that his jokey, ingratiating performance in "Private Parts" transforms him from the scourge of the airwaves to a sweetheart of the screen.
Dorothy's forced, ingratiating greetings, alas, do not disguise the pressure under which she works.
Using themes of rich and poor, " Sister " tells the story of a boy and his sister ingratiating themselves at a ski resort.
The vivacious Victoria Justice's ascension to Selena Gomez territory is set via these episodes of the ingratiatingly goofy tweencom (think Fame with a laugh track).
In essence, the policy has been to ignore human-rights issues when they conflict with any other objective — ingratiating ourselves with the mullahs, for example.
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