Definition of ingratiate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ingratiate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ingratiate
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪt//
 
he / she / it ingratiates
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪts//
 
past simple ingratiated
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪtɪd//
 
past participle ingratiated
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪtɪd//
 
-ing form ingratiating
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪʃieɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[no passive] ingratiate yourself (with somebody) (disapproving) to do things in order to make somebody like you, especially somebody who will be useful to you The first part of his plan was to ingratiate himself with the members of the committee. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin in gratiam ‘into favour’, on the pattern of obsolete Italian ingratiare, earlier form of ingraziare.
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