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[kuh n-grach-uh-leyt or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-] /kənˈgrætʃ əˌleɪt or, often, -ˈgrædʒ-, kəŋ-/
verb (used with object), congratulated, congratulating.
to express pleasure to (a person), as on a happy occasion:
They congratulated him on his marriage.
Archaic. to express sympathetic joy or satisfaction at (an event).
Obsolete. to salute.
Origin of congratulate
1540-50; < Latin congrātulātus, past participle of congrātulārī. See congratulant, -ate1
Related forms
congratulator, noun
precongratulate, verb (used with object), precongratulated, precongratulating.
uncongratulated, adjective
uncongratulating, adjective Unabridged
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  • I congratulate you upon the victory, which is due to your skill and energy.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • “The best thing that could happen to you; I congratulate you,” said the admiral.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • I came to congratulate you, to tell you how wonderful the party was last night.

    Gypsy Flight Roy J. Snell
  • Greenfield, I congratulate you as well as your class-fellows on your success.

  • Let me congratulate you upon the fortitude and courage with which you have ignored those lying reports of my death.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for congratulate


verb (transitive)
(usually foll by on) to communicate pleasure, approval, or praise to (a person or persons); compliment
(often foll by on) to consider (oneself) clever or fortunate (as a result of): she congratulated herself on her tact
(obsolete) to greet
Derived Forms
congratulation, noun
congratulator, noun
congratulatory, congratulative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin congrātulārī, from grātulārī to rejoice, from grātus pleasing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for congratulate

1540s, from Latin congratulatus, past participle of congratulari "to congratulate" (see congratulation). Related: Congratulated; congratulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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