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congratulate

[kuh n-grach-uh-leyt or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-] /kənˈgrætʃ əˌleɪt or, often, -ˈgrædʒ-, kəŋ-/
verb (used with object), congratulated, congratulating.
1.
to express pleasure to (a person), as on a happy occasion:
They congratulated him on his marriage.
2.
Archaic. to express sympathetic joy or satisfaction at (an event).
3.
Obsolete. to salute.
Origin of congratulate
1540-1550
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
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  • The captain was right in congratulating himself upon having a snug corner for the voyage.

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • There was she congratulating me on the satisfaction it must be to Mrs. Martindale!'

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • On the contrary, I am glad to have an opportunity of congratulating you on your good fortune.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • At last he reached home, congratulating himself on his cleverness.

    Manco, the Peruvian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • He took all this in and Sweet was congratulating himself that our troubles were over.

    A Kut Prisoner H. C. W. Bishop
British Dictionary definitions for congratulating

congratulate

/kənˈɡrætjʊˌleɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
(usually foll by on) to communicate pleasure, approval, or praise to (a person or persons); compliment
2.
(often foll by on) to consider (oneself) clever or fortunate (as a result of): she congratulated herself on her tact
3.
(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
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Word Origin and History for congratulating

congratulate

v.

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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