- [verb] take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
Synonyms: absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, draw, take in, take up
- [verb] ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior; "She is playing up to the chairman"
Synonyms: cozy up, cotton up, shine up, play up, sidle up
- [verb] try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
Synonyms: fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick, kowtow, kotow