If someone in your class places an apple on your teacher's desk in an ingratiating manner, that means he's making a calculated move to suck up and win your teacher's favor.

The word ingratiating comes from a combination of the Latin prefix in- meaning "in" and gratia meaning "favor, grace." A person who is ingratiating is trying to get in the favor or grace of those around her. But the word doesn't always have to imply a sly attempt at winning others over, sometimes it can simply mean charming or agreeable. A person's smile can be ingratiating, winning people over simply with its charm.

Definitions of ingratiating

adj capable of winning favor

“with open arms and an ingratiating smile”
giving pleasure and satisfaction

adj calculated to please or gain favor

“a smooth ingratiating manner”
ingratiatory, insinuating
showing or representing to advantage

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