ingratiate

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First attested in 1622. From Italian ingraziare, which from ingratiare, which from in gratia, which from Latin in grātiam (into favour), which from grātus.

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ingratiate (third-person singular simple present ingratiates, present participle ingratiating, simple past and past participle ingratiated)

  1. (reflexive) to bring oneself into favour with someone by flattering or trying to please them.
    The court jester isn't exactly ingratiating himself to the king with his insults.
    • Budgell
      Lysimachus [] ingratiated himself both with Philip and his pupil.
  2. To recommend; to render easy or agreeable; followed by to.
    • Hammond
      What difficulty would it [the love of Christ] not ingratiate to us?
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dr. J. Scott to this entry?)

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