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congratulate

[ kuhn-grach-uh-leyt or, often, -graj-, kuhng- ]
/ k蓹n藞gr忙t蕛 蓹藢le瑟t or, often, -藞gr忙d蕭-, k蓹艐- /
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verb (used with object), con路grat路u路lat路ed, con路grat路u路lat路ing.
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.
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Origin of congratulate

1540鈥50; <Latin congr膩tul膩tus, past participle of congr膩tul膩r墨.See congratulant, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM congratulate

con路grat路u路la路tor, nounpre路con路grat路u路late, verb (used with object), pre路con路grat路u路lat路ed, pre路con路grat路u路lat路ing.un路con路grat路u路lat路ed, adjectiveun路con路grat路u路lat路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for congratulate

congratulate
/ (k蓹n藞伞r忙tj蕣藢le瑟t) /

verb (tr)
(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 of congratulate

congratulation, nouncongratulator, nouncongratulatory or congratulative, adjective

Word Origin for congratulate

C16: from Latin congr膩tul膩r墨, from gr膩tul膩r墨 to rejoice, from gr膩tus pleasing
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