The Word of the Week was intended as a fun way to engage Red Lizard Runners with interesting words. The words were selected based on their exotic nature, their usefulness, or their amusement value.
ingratiate |inˈgrā sh ēˌāt|
verb (ingratiate oneself)
bring oneself into favor with someone by flattering or trying to please them : a social climber who had tried to ingratiate herself with the city gentry.
ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from Latin in gratiam ‘into favor,’ on the pattern of obsolete Italian ingratiare, earlier form of ingraziare.