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
It's doubtful that Spenser or Milton thought that this audience would consist of readers for whom they needed to slavishly "ingratiate" themselves in advance.
Yehuda has put his finger on the key word: "ingratiate".
- CNNVINA GUPTAThe frontrunner for the Democrats in the 2008 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, has been hit by a legal dispute in which one of her fundraisers is accused of trying to "ingratiate" himself with powerful friends at the expense of his company.
"ingratiate" himself with high-ranking people in the Government of
And the whole bunch of folks you imitate as well as most of the folk you ingratiate yourself with, are missing, male as well as female.
Now we must invade people's homes and ingratiate ourselves with them.
"They wish there were guidelines for dealing with photographers who ingratiate themselves with celebrities by creating the most polished of shots."
They also bend their knees to ingratiate themselves to the people who hate Israel.
Regarding the “list of things we need to change” in this country, I never thought, “having Democrats make nice and ingratiate themselves with Republican op-ed columnists” was on the list.
Having won over Uefa's president, Michel Platini, from his standing start as a former politician – not the most beloved profession of Fifa executive-committee members – Triesman attempted to ingratiate himself with the rest of the committee.