transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Latin congratulatus, past participle of congratulari to wish joy, from com- + gratulari to wish joy, from gratus pleasing — more at grace Date: 1539 1. archaic to express sympathetic pleasure at (an event) 2. to express vicarious pleasure to (a person) on the occasion of success or good fortune <
graciously congratulated the winner
; also to feel pleased with <
congratulating herself for a job well done
3. obsolete salute, greetcongratulator nouncongratulatory adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Congratulate — Con*grat u*late, v. i. To express of feel sympathetic joy; as, to congratulate with one s country. [R.] Swift. [1913 Webster] The subjects of England may congratulate to themselves. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • congratulate — (v.) 1540s, from L. congratulatus, pp. of congratulari to congratulate (see CONGRATULATION (Cf. congratulation)). Related: Congratulated; congratulating …   Etymology dictionary

  • congratulate — ► VERB 1) express good wishes or praise at the happiness, success, or good fortune of. 2) (congratulate oneself) think oneself fortunate or clever. DERIVATIVES congratulatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin congratulari, from gratus pleasing …   English terms dictionary

  • congratulate — [kən grach′ə lāt΄, kəngraj′oo lāt΄] vt. congratulated, congratulating [< L congratulatus, pp. of congratulari < com, together + gratulari, to wish joy < gratus, agreeable: see GRACE] 1. to express to (a person) one s pleasure at good… …   English World dictionary

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  • congratulate — *felicitate Contrasted words: console, solace, *comfort: commiserate, condole with, pity (see corresponding nouns at SYMPATHY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • congratulate — [v] compliment on achievement, luck applaud, bless, boost, felicitate, give a big cigar*, give bouquet*, give regards, gold star*, hand it to*, hear it for*, laud, pat on back, praise, rejoice with, salute, stroke*, toast, wish happy returns*,… …   New thesaurus

  • congratulate — 01. I would just like to [congratulate] the newly married couple on this, the most important day in their lives. 02. The office staff bought a lovely gift to [congratulate] Bjork on the birth of her first child. 03. The couple received letters of …   Grammatical examples in English

  • congratulate — v. 1) to congratulate heartily, sincerely, warmly 2) (D; refl. tr.) to congratulate on, upon (to congratulate smb. on her/his promotion) * * * [kən grætjʊleɪt] sincerely warmly upon (to congratulate smb. on her/his promotion) (D; refl. tr.) to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • congratulate — [[t]kəngræ̱tʃʊleɪt[/t]] congratulates, congratulating, congratulated 1) VERB If you congratulate someone, you say something to show you are pleased that something nice has happened to them. [V n on/for n/ ing] She congratulated him on the birth… …   English dictionary

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