American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To establish in the confidence, favor, or good graces of another; make agreeable or acceptable: used reflexively, and followed by with.
- To introduce by exciting gratitude or good will; insinuate or recommend by acceptable conduct or sentiments: absolute or with into.
- To recommend.
- To bring into a state of grace.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To introduce or commend to the favor of another; to bring into favor; to insinuate; -- used reflexively, and followed by
withbefore the person whose favor is sought.
- v. obsolete To recommend; to render easy or agreeable; -- followed by
- v. rare To gain favor.
- v. gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
- First attested in 1622. From Italian ingraziare, which from ingratiare, which from in gratia, which from Latin in grātiam (into favour), which from grātus. (Wiktionary)
- 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-2 in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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