- 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
Examples from the Web for congratulated
Tweeting and Instagramming about their participation, making themselves the story like they want to be congratulated.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
“My prom date got ahold of my number and called me recently and congratulated me on everything that's going on,” says Trainor.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
Sure, she was more expensive than an au pair, but, we congratulated ourselves, she spoke English and she knew what she was doing.Kate Hired a Spanish Nanny And Who Can Blame Her? English Nannies Suck
March 14, 2014
He congratulated me on having lived for a week bareheaded in East Texas without getting beaten with a tire iron.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas
February 2, 2014
I congratulated him on Her, my pick for the best film of the year.Partying With the Golden Globes Stars: Taylor Swift Cuts a Rug, Ben Affleck Holds Court, and More
January 13, 2014
But he thrust his head into the cave, shivered, and congratulated himself.The Man of Adamant
On the tide of applause which congratulated the boat's only baronet, I rose.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
You're to be congratulated; it's a shameful waste of time and money.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
He saw it in my countenance, and congratulated himself upon it.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
I don't know yet whether I am to be congratulated or not; that will depend on you.One Day's Courtship
- (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
Word Origin and History for congratulated
1540s, from Latin congratulatus, past participle of congratulari "to congratulate" (see congratulation). Related: Congratulated; congratulating.