ingratiate


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

ingratiate (oneself) into (something)

To make an effort to receive someone's favor. I have no desire to ingratiate myself into a group of rich buffoons, no matter how many swanky doors they can open for me.
See also: ingratiate

ingratiate (oneself) with (someone)

To make an effort to receive someone's favor. I have no desire to ingratiate myself with these rich buffoons, no matter how many swanky doors they can open for me.
See also: ingratiate

ingratiate oneself into something

to work hard to bring oneself into the favor of someone. Oh, how he fawns over the guests! Isn't it terrible the way he tries to ingratiate himself into their favor? You will never succeed in ingratiating yourself into my good graces.
See also: ingratiate

ingratiate oneself with someone

to work oneself into someone's favor. Why do you have to ingratiate yourself with everyone? Don't you know how to be just plain friends? She was very obvious in her effort to ingratiate herself with the boss.
See also: ingratiate
References in periodicals archive ?
Reaching the coast of Egypt, Pompey was lured onto the beach by emissaries of the Egyptian monarch Ptolemy, who had decided to have Pompey murdered to ingratiate himself with Caesar.
The ancient Egyptian writer Ptahhotep, for example, offered a compendium of advice about how to ingratiate yourself with the Pharaoh, including this memorable admonition: "Laugh after he laughs, and it will be very pleasing to his heart." That one has always worked well for me, I must say.
The thick-skinned among them tried to ingratiate themselves to the new administration which replaced the unlamented martial law regime.
According to sources, this decision may be a governmental bid to ingratiate certain incumbent coalition partners, reports The Express Tribune.
He has been known to ingratiate himself with elderly or vulnerable people and stay at their homes.
Young is merciless about his own hapless attempts to ingratiate himself with celebs.
But Clifford failed to ingratiate himself with the players or staff at St Marys, and was left to work with the club's academy players.
Given the French people have blockaded sea ports and suchlike over what we would consider very trivial problems you can be sure that had their Government supported Tony Blair in his mad dash to ingratiate himself with George Bush, then the entire French nation would have ground to a halt.
With such cooperation, Syria was hoping to ingratiate itself with Washington.
So Conrad offered his talents in the cooking department and would peel and chop garlic for hours on end in order to ingratiate himself with the fellas.
Nor are they enlightened or inspired by insults to both our country and its leadership tossed around in a sad attempt to ingratiate the writer with his new Parisian acquaintances.
Well no, but she, Kate Vernon, starts to ingratiate herself with the mum and the dead man's brother.
Annie Nathan Meyer's Black Souls (composed of six long scenes), set on the campus of a black college where the black president must ingratiate himself to white patrons, resonates with the Tuskegee enterprise but departs from it as the daughter of the likeliest philanthropist, a white senator, pursues the president's black brother-in-law (they had previously met in France).
After the boy was reported missing, Vickers went on to ingratiate himself with the boy's family, joining in the search for him and even pointing the finger of blame at Jamie's father, John.
Even when her stories were rambling, stoned-seeming, rather familiar recountings of personal misadventures of the "then I got loaded, then I got lost, then I ran into so-and-so" variety, she had a remarkable ability to ingratiate herself with the reader.