- 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 congratulating
David Lee (Zach Grenier) becomes suspicious of the fourth years when he witnesses them congratulating each other in the office.‘The Good Wife’ Is Back With a Terrific Fifth Season Premiere
September 30, 2013
Of course, Justin Trudeau lost no time in congratulating her on Twitter.Top 10 Responses to Quebec’s Charter of Values
September 17, 2013
Let me begin by congratulating President Obama on the start of his second term.Full Text and Video of Marco Rubio's State of the Union Response
February 13, 2013
Even in what seemed like an honest moment, Kimmel eked out a joke when congratulating Obama on his strength during tough times.White House Correspondents Dinner: 9 Best Moments (Video)
April 29, 2012
Gaddafi has also appeared on state TV, congratulating Libyans on defeating "the rats."Latest in Libya: Complete Coverage
The Daily Beast
August 27, 2011
That same doing, is what we are congratulating the present Ministry upon.
He reached the old pine safely, and felt like congratulating himself.The Law-Breakers
They were congratulating one another with odd, soft-syllabled words.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
They were congratulating him on his engagement yesterday at the station.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
After the handshaking and congratulating were over, the crowd dispersed.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (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 congratulating
1540s, from Latin congratulatus, past participle of congratulari "to congratulate" (see congratulation). Related: Congratulated; congratulating.