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felicitate

[ fi-lis-i-teyt ]
/ fɪˈlɪs ɪˌteɪt /
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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.

adjective

Obsolete. made happy.

RELATED WORDS

commend, compliment, praise, salute, recommend

Nearby words

feldspathoid, felice, felicia, felicide, felicific, felicitate, felicitation, felicitations, felicitous, felicitously, 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

felicitate

/ (fɪˈlɪsɪˌteɪt) /

verb

to wish joy to; congratulate
Derived Formsfelicitator, noun
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Word Origin and History for felicitate

felicitate


v.

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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