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[kuh n-grach-uh-leyt or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-]
verb (used with object), con·grat·u·lat·ed, con·grat·u·lat·ing.
  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.
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Origin of congratulate

1540–50; < Latin congrātulātus, past participle of congrātulārī. See congratulant, -ate1
Related formscon·grat·u·la·tor, nounpre·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, adjectiveun·con·grat·u·lat·ing, adjective
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for congratulated


verb (tr)
  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
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Derived Formscongratulation, nouncongratulator, nouncongratulatory or congratulative, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin congrātulārī, from grātulārī to rejoice, from grātus pleasing
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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.

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