Ingratiate In*gra"ti*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ingratiated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ingratiating}.] [Pref. in- in + L. gratia. See {Grace}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Lysimachus . . . ingratiated himself both with Philip and his pupil. --Budgell. [1913 Webster]

2. To recommend; to render easy or agreeable; -- followed by to. [Obs.] --Dr. J. Scott. [1913 Webster]

What difficulty would it [the love of Christ] not ingratiate to us? --Hammond. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ingratiating — ingratiatingly, adv. /in gray shee ay ting/, adj. 1. charming; agreeable; pleasing. 2. deliberately meant to gain favor: an ingratiating manner. [1635 45; INGRATIATE + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • ingratiating — adjective Which ingratiates; which attempts to bring oneself into the favour of another. The implication is often of flattery or insincerity. That was an ingratiating smile …   Wiktionary

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