I. adjective Etymology: Late Latin felicitatus, past participle of felicitare to make happy, from Latin felicitas Date: 1605 obsolete made happy II. transitive verb (-tated; -tating) Date: 1628 1. archaic to make happy 2. a. to consider happy or fortunate b. to offer congratulations to • felicitation nounfelicitator noun

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  • felicitate — felicitate, congratulate mean to express one s pleasure in the joy, success, elevation, or prospects of another. Felicitate is the more formal term and carries perhaps a stronger implication that the person who felicitates regards the other as… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Felicitate — Fe*lic i*tate, a. [L. felicitatus, p. p. of felicitare to felicitate, fr. felix, icis, happy. See {felicity}.] Made very happy. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] I am alone felicitate In your dear highness love. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Felicitate — Fe*lic i*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Felicitated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {felicitating}.] [Cf. F. f[ e]liciter.] 1. To make very happy; to delight. [1913 Webster] What a glorious entertainment and pleasure would fill and felicitate his spirit. I. Watts …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • felicitate — 1620s, “to render happy;” 1630s, “to reckon happy;” from L. felicitatus, pp. of felicitare to make happy, from felicitas fruitfulness, happiness, from felix (see FELICITY (Cf. felicity)). Meaning congratulate is from 1630s. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • felicitate — [v] congratulate commend, compliment, praise, recommend, rejoice with, salute, wish joy to; concept 69 Ant. condemn, reject …   New thesaurus

  • felicitate — [fə lis′i tāt΄] vt. felicitated, felicitating [< L felicitatus, pp. of felicitare, to make happy < felix: see FELICIFIC] 1. Archaic to make happy 2. to wish happiness to; congratulate adj. Obs. made happy felicitation n. felicitator n …   English World dictionary

  • felicitate — /fəˈlɪsəteɪt / (say fuh lisuhtayt) verb (t) (felicitated, felicitating) 1. to compliment upon a happy event; congratulate: to felicitate a friend on his good fortune. 2. Obsolete to make happy. {Late Latin fēlīcitātus, past participle of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • felicitate — felicitator, n. /fi lis i tayt /, v., felicitated, felicitating, adj. v.t. 1. to compliment upon a happy event; congratulate. 2. Archaic. to make happy. adj. 3. Obs. made happy. [1595 1605; < LL felicitatus made happy (ptp. of felicitare). See… …   Universalium

  • felicitate — verb To congratulate. See Also: felicitation …   Wiktionary

  • felicitate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. See congratulation. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. congratulate, wish one joy, hail, salute; see compliment 2 …   English dictionary for students

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