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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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  • But he thrust his head into the cave, shivered, and congratulated himself.

    The Man of Adamant Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 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) Samuel Richardson
  • I don't know yet whether I am to be congratulated or not; that will depend on you.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for congratulated


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 congratulated



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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