from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To recommend; to render easy or agreeable; -- followed by to.
  • intransitive v. To gain favor.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts


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)
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)



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