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.
- con·grat·u·la·tor, noun
- pre·con·grat·u·late, verb (used with object), pre·con·grat·u·lat·ed, pre·con·grat·u·lat·ing.
- un·con·grat·u·lat·ed, adjective
- un·con·grat·u·lat·ing, adjective
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How to use congratulate in a sentence
My beef is not with Jolie, whom I congratulate on her work, and admire as human being simply trying to do a little bit of good.
Other times I would say how wonderful it was to see him, and congratulate him on all the success that had come his way.How Mork Melted the Fonz: Henry Winkler Recalls Robin Williams’s Storming ‘Happy Days’ Debut | Tim Teeman | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Miss Delaware Pageant is proud to congratulate Brittany and wishes Amanda the very best on her future endeavors.
“I should congratulate Adriano for doing the best with what he had to work with,” Rangel said.
One day Ebadi arrived at the Ministry of Justice to congratulate the revolutionary officials who had taken power.
"I congratulate you on your engagement," he said at last, looking up with a face that seemed to Bernard hard and unnatural.Confidence | Henry James
The bride then goes to court; after which the ladies visit her, and proceed to congratulate the other members of the family.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
"I am very glad, and congratulate you that Crompton Place is your home without a doubt," Jack said to her.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
There are a certain number of ready-made phrases which we store and use when we wish to congratulate one another.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
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
(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
- congratulation, noun
- congratulator, noun
- congratulatory or congratulative, adjective
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