- 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 congratulate
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.WTF Is Damgelina Doing At The Palace?
October 11, 2014
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
August 12, 2014
The Miss Delaware Pageant is proud to congratulate Brittany and wishes Amanda the very best on her future endeavors.24 Is Not Too “Old” to Compete for Miss America
June 27, 2014
“I should congratulate Adriano for doing the best with what he had to work with,” Rangel said.Charlie Rangel Dances On
June 25, 2014
One day Ebadi arrived at the Ministry of Justice to congratulate the revolutionary officials who had taken power.The Hijab Is Iran’s Most Cherished Weapon
June 22, 2014
"I congratulate you, Miss Porter," he said, raising his hat.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
When I meet that Woodville boy I'm going to congratulate him.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
"I congratulate you on your success in evading it," observed Brentwick, undisturbed.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
You have foiled me, and conquered: be it so; I congratulate you.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
People would talk of it, approve of it, and congratulate him.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
- (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 congratulate
1540s, from Latin congratulatus, past participle of congratulari "to congratulate" (see congratulation). Related: Congratulated; congratulating.