American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To congratulate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To congratulate; express joy to or on account of.
- To recompense; remunerate.
- To rejoice; express pleasure.
- Gratifying; to be rejoiced at; felicitous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To salute with declaration of joy; to congratulate.
- adj. obsolete Worthy of gratulation.
- From Latin congrātŭlor (Wiktionary)
- Latin grātulārī, grātulāt-, from grātārī, to rejoice with, from grātus, pleasing; see grateful. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Permit me to con-gratulate you upon a most remarkable scientific discovery.”
“I am an Osbaldistone like yourself,' replied the stranger suavely; 'we are the last of the ancient house that bears upon its chevron the spear and spurs (mullets), so when I heard of your good fortune I thought it but polite to call and gratulate you on your succession.”
“The first flush of his unaccustomed libations seemed to have worn itself out, his more recent draught to have had no other effect than to steady his gratulate senses; and a certain solid comfort resided in the knowledge that his hard-earned five dollars reposed in safe deposit.”
“And being fearefull that others of his quality had beene of the same nature and condition, and finding you, on the contrary, so carefull and industrious, so serious and laborious to doe the author all the rights of the presse, I could not choose but gratulate your honest indeavours with this short remembrance.”
“It must be remembered also, to Dryden's honour, that he was the first to hail the dawn of experimental philosophy in physics; to gratulate his country on possessing Bacon,”
“Shadwell, moreover, had not failed to hail the dawn of the Revolution by a congratulatory poem to the Prince of Orange, and to gratulate its completion by another inscribed to Queen Mary on her arrival.”
“If you really have "gone and done it" allow me to con = gratulate you on your choice and to wish you and your bride a happy voyage together down the stream of life, together with the "little res = ponsibilities".”
“As the King passed the last files of this formidable host, he came to an open part of the heath, where many persons of quality, with others of inferior rank, had stationed themselves to gratulate him as he passed towards the capital.”
“Dryden's honour, that he was the first to hail the dawn of experimental philosophy in physics; to gratulate his country on possessing Bacon,”
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