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bring oneself into favor: She ingratiated herself with the children by bringing gingerbread cookies.
Not to be confused with:
ingrate – an ungrateful person
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·to′ry (-shē-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
(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
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.
in•gra′ti•a•to`ry (-əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
Past participle: ingratiated
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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"
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.