gratulate

[grach-uh-leyt]Archaic.
verb (used without object), grat·u·lat·ed, grat·u·lat·ing.
  1. to express joy.

Origin of gratulate

1550–60; < Latin grātulātus (past participle of grātulārī to express joy), equivalent to grātul- express joy, congratulate, thank (derivative of grātus pleasing) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsgrat·u·la·to·ri·ly [grach-uh-luh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-] /ˈgrætʃ ə ləˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-/, adverbgrat·u·la·to·ry, adjective
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gratulate

verb (tr) archaic
  1. to greet joyously
  2. to congratulate
Derived Formsgratulant, adjectivegratulation, noungratulatory, adjective

Word Origin for gratulate

C16: from Latin grātulārī, from grātus pleasing
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Word Origin and History for gratulate
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archaic, 1550s, from Latin gratulatus, past participle of gratulari (see gratulation).

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