from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To express joy or acknowledgment, as for the achievement or good fortune of (another).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to express one’s sympathetic pleasure or joy to the person(s) it is felt for
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To address with expressions of sympathetic pleasure on account of some happy event affecting the person addressed; to wish joy to.
- intransitive v. To express of feel sympathetic joy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To address with expressions of sympathetic pleasure; compliment or felicitate upon an event deemed happy; wish joy to: with on or upon before the subject of congratulation: as, to congratulate a man on the birth of a son; to congratulate the nation on the restoration of peace.
- To welcome; hail with expressions of pleasure; salute.
- To express or feel sympathetic gratification: followed by with or, formerly, to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be proud of
- v. say something to someone that expresses praise
- v. pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
- v. express congratulations
Latin congrātulārī, congrātulāt- : com-, com- + grātulārī, to rejoice (from grātus, pleasing; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin congratulor, from gratus ("blessing"). (Wiktionary)