gratulate

[ grach-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈgrætʃ əˌleɪt /
Archaic.

verb (used with object), grat·u·lat·ed, grat·u·lat·ing.

to hail with joy; express joy at.
to congratulate.

verb (used without object), grat·u·lat·ed, grat·u·lat·ing.

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 forms

grat·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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British Dictionary definitions for gratulate

gratulate

/ (ˈɡrætjʊˌleɪt) /

verb (tr) archaic

to greet joyously
to congratulate

Derived Forms

gratulant, adjectivegratulation, noungratulatory, adjective

Word Origin for gratulate

C16: from Latin grātulārī, from grātus pleasing
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