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ingratiate (verb) get someone’s favor (by doing things they like or by flattering them).

When you ingratiate yourself with a person, you try to make them like you by admiring them, by doing things thy like etc. “The candidate tried to ingrate herself to the voters by visiting every voter and seeking their support.” This means the candidate tried to get the voter’s favor by visiting every one of them. When you try to ingratiate yourself with a child, you try to make it like you by giving it sweets, etc.

  • The newly elected chairman of the board ingratiated himself with the members of the board by sending each one of them valuable gifts, as he very much needed their support for the changes he had wanted to make.
  • Janet’s was a very strong character. She wouldn’t care to ingratiate herself with others as long as she felt she was doing the right thing. She would never do things just to please others.
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