ingratiate


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in·gra·ti·ate

 (ĭn-grā′shē-āt′)
tr.v. in·gra·ti·at·ed, in·gra·ti·at·ing, in·gra·ti·ates
To bring (oneself, for example) into the favor or good graces of another, especially by deliberate effort: She quickly sought to ingratiate herself with the new administration.

[Perhaps from Italian ingraziare, from in grazia, into favor, from Latin in grātiam : in, in; see in-2 + grātiam, accusative of grātia, favor (from grātus, pleasing; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots).]

in·gra′ti·a′tion n.
in·gra′ti·a·to′ry (-shē-ə-tôr′ē) adj.

ingratiate

(ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪˌeɪt)
vb
(often foll by: with) to place (oneself) purposely in the favour (of another)
[C17: from Latin, from in-2 + grātia grace, favour]
inˈgratiˌating, inˈgratiatory adj
inˈgratiˌatingly adv
inˌgratiˈation n

in•gra•ti•ate

(ɪnˈgreɪ ʃiˌeɪt)

v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
to establish (oneself) in the favor or good graces of others, esp. by deliberate effort: to ingratiate oneself with the boss.
[1615–25]
in•gra′ti•at`ing•ly, adv.
in•gra`ti•a′tion, n.
in•gra′ti•a•to`ry (-əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.

ingratiate


Past participle: ingratiated
Gerund: ingratiating

Imperative
ingratiate
ingratiate
Present
I ingratiate
you ingratiate
he/she/it ingratiates
we ingratiate
you ingratiate
they ingratiate
Preterite
I ingratiated
you ingratiated
he/she/it ingratiated
we ingratiated
you ingratiated
they ingratiated
Present Continuous
I am ingratiating
you are ingratiating
he/she/it is ingratiating
we are ingratiating
you are ingratiating
they are ingratiating
Present Perfect
I have ingratiated
you have ingratiated
he/she/it has ingratiated
we have ingratiated
you have ingratiated
they have ingratiated
Past Continuous
I was ingratiating
you were ingratiating
he/she/it was ingratiating
we were ingratiating
you were ingratiating
they were ingratiating
Past Perfect
I had ingratiated
you had ingratiated
he/she/it had ingratiated
we had ingratiated
you had ingratiated
they had ingratiated
Future
I will ingratiate
you will ingratiate
he/she/it will ingratiate
we will ingratiate
you will ingratiate
they will ingratiate
Future Perfect
I will have ingratiated
you will have ingratiated
he/she/it will have ingratiated
we will have ingratiated
you will have ingratiated
they will have ingratiated
Future Continuous
I will be ingratiating
you will be ingratiating
he/she/it will be ingratiating
we will be ingratiating
you will be ingratiating
they will be ingratiating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ingratiating
you have been ingratiating
he/she/it has been ingratiating
we have been ingratiating
you have been ingratiating
they have been ingratiating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ingratiating
you will have been ingratiating
he/she/it will have been ingratiating
we will have been ingratiating
you will have been ingratiating
they will have been ingratiating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ingratiating
you had been ingratiating
he/she/it had been ingratiating
we had been ingratiating
you had been ingratiating
they had been ingratiating
Conditional
I would ingratiate
you would ingratiate
he/she/it would ingratiate
we would ingratiate
you would ingratiate
they would ingratiate
Past Conditional
I would have ingratiated
you would have ingratiated
he/she/it would have ingratiated
we would have ingratiated
you would have ingratiated
they would have ingratiated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ingratiate - gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
keep in line, control, manipulate - control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage; "She manipulates her boss"; "She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up"; "The teacher knew how to keep the class in line"; "she keeps in line"
cotton up, cozy up, shine up, sidle up, suck up, play up - ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior; "She is playing up to the chairman"

ingratiate

verb
ingratiate yourself with someone get on the right side of, court, win over, flatter, pander to, crawl to, play up to, get in with, suck up to (informal), curry favour with, grovel to, keep someone sweet, kiss someone's ass (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), lick someone's boots, fawn to, toady to, lick someone's arse (taboo slang), seek someone's favour, brown-nose to (taboo slang), rub someone up the right way (informal), be a yes man to, insinuate yourself with Many politicians are trying to ingratiate themselves with her.
Translations

ingratiate

[ɪnˈgreɪʃɪeɪt] VT to ingratiate o.s. with sbcongraciarse con algn

ingratiate

[ɪnˈgreɪʃieɪt] vt
to ingratiate o.s. with sb → s'insinuer dans les bonnes grâces de qn, se faire bien voir de qn

ingratiate

vr to ingratiate oneself with somebodysich bei jdm einschmeicheln

ingratiate

[ɪnˈgreɪʃɪˌeɪt] vt to ingratiate o.s. with sbingraziarsi qn
References in classic literature ?
Indeed, it was remarkable how well he bore these slights and with what unwearying politeness he kept on trying to ingratiate himself with all.
In hopes to ingratiate myself further into his majesty's favour, I told him of "an invention, discovered between three and four hundred years ago, to make a certain powder, into a heap of which, the smallest spark of fire falling, would kindle the whole in a moment, although it were as big as a mountain, and make it all fly up in the air together, with a noise and agitation greater than thunder.
The payment of his bills against the Exchequer gave him some hopes for the future, but, in spite of all efforts to ingratiate himself, Napoleon's hatred to the contractors who had speculated on his defeat made itself felt; du Bousquier was left without a sou.
You declare that you are afraid of nothing and at the same time try to ingratiate yourself in our good opinion.
Francois," said she, "you are jealous," and still she laughed; then, as if suddenly recollecting that this coquetry was not consistent with the character for modest dignity she wished to establish, she proceeded, in a demure voice: "Truly, my dear Francois, I will not deny that this young Englishman may have made some attempts to ingratiate himself with me; but, so far from giving him any encouragement, I have always treated him with as much reserve as it was possible to combine with civility; affianced as I am to you, I would give no man false hopes; believe me, dear friend.
His sarcasm is accepted as his literal opinion and gains for him the reputation of being an ass, while if, on the other hand, wishing to ingratiate himself, he ventures upon a little bit of flattery, it is taken for satire and he is hated ever afterward.
I shall just tell Elizabetha Prokofievna about you, and if she wishes to receive you at once--as I shall advise her--I strongly recommend you to ingratiate yourself with her at the first opportunity, for my wife may be of the greatest service to you in many ways.
Thus he sought pathetically enough to ingratiate himself with the young, and to prove to them beyond a doubt that though married to a ninny of a wife, and rather pale and bent and careworn by his weight of learning, he was as much alive as the youngest of them all.
He gave a dinner himself to the men of the party, and managed to ingratiate himself in the good will of Lord Tennington by many little acts of hospitality.
The highest society then consisted, and I think always consist, of four sorts of people: rich people who are received at Court, people not wealthy but born and brought up in Court circles, rich people who ingratiate themselves into the Court set, and people neither rich nor belonging to the Court but who ingratiate themselves into the first and second sets.
My object in writing the following pages was not simply to amuse the Reader; neither was it to gratify my own taste, nor yet to ingratiate myself with the Press and the Public: I wished to tell the truth, for truth always conveys its own moral to those who are able to receive it.
The only way, as it appears to me, of solving this difficulty, is, by imputing it to that distance which was now grown between the lady and the housekeeper: whether this arose from a jealousy in Mrs Blifil, that Wilkins showed too great a respect to the foundling; for while she was endeavouring to ruin the little infant, in order to ingratiate herself with the captain, she was every day more and more commending it before Allworthy, as his fondness for it every day increased.