[ fi-lis-i-teyt ]
/ fɪˈlɪs ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used with object), fe·lic·i·tat·ed, fe·lic·i·tat·ing.

to compliment upon a happy event; congratulate.
Archaic. to make happy.


Obsolete. made happy.

Nearby words

  1. feldspathoid,
  2. felice,
  3. felicia,
  4. felicide,
  5. felicific,
  6. felicitation,
  7. felicitations,
  8. felicitous,
  9. felicitously,
  10. felicity

Origin of felicitate

1595–1605; < Late Latin fēlīcitātus made happy (past participle of fēlīcitāre). See felicity, -ate1

Related formsfe·lic·i·ta·tor, nounun·fe·lic·i·tat·ed, adjectiveun·fe·lic·i·tat·ing, adjective

Can be confusedfacile facilitate facility felicitate

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British Dictionary definitions for felicitate


/ (fɪˈlɪsɪˌteɪt) /


to wish joy to; congratulate
Derived Formsfelicitator, noun

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Word Origin and History for felicitate



1620s, "to render happy;" 1630s, "to reckon happy;" from Latin felicitatus, past participle of felicitare "to make happy," from felicitas "fruitfulness, happiness," from felix (see felicity). Meaning "congratulate" is from 1630s. Related: Felicitated; felicitating.

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