Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • We once again congratulate all of the candidates for their leadership and dedication to providing this country with a New Direction.

    The Democratic Leaders Set a Deadline - Swampland - TIME.com

  • I think at least this panel should acknowledge that you heard the word congratulate about two minutes after somebody on this panel said she didn't use the word congratulate.

    CNN Transcript Jun 4, 2008

  • Sadat and I have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, let me from this rostrum again congratulate him - as I did in a direct conversation between Jerusalem and Cairo a few weeks ago on the morrow of the announcement.

    Menachem Begin - Nobel Lecture

  • In conclusion let me again congratulate you on the wonderful work you have done over there, and to say how happy I am to have had the privilege of addressing you.

    Red Cross Work Overseas

  • I once again congratulate you, my dear, on this triumph of tenderness: you see love, like virtue, is not only its own reward, but sometimes intitles us to other rewards too.

    The History of Emily Montague

  • Well, "congratulate" might be less the word than "breathe creepily into the phone for a long period of time, and then murmur something about death panels," but I think he got what I was aiming for.

    Obama's post-election speech, the draft version

  • Why not tell them that Lotta was pregnant and her father, Renso, was on his way over to "congratulate" the culprit.

    And the discussion goes on...

  • Prosecution lawyer John B. Hogan read the entire letter, including Hoot's sentimental closing, "Honeybabies, I must lay off for today, hope I dream of you tonight as I think of you all day," into the court record in order to establish the date on which Hoot claimed to have heard Toguri "congratulate" the commander of a naval bomber squadron "on his safe landing" in the Gilbert Islands.

    Miss Yourlovin: GIs, Gender, and Domesticity during World War II

  • It's like the decorator had NO idea how to spell "congratulate," so when he got halfway through and figured out he was doomed, he sorta... mumbled his way through, hoping nobody would notice. *takes deep breath* Whoo.

    And They Say Customer Service is Dead

  • I laid on the living room floor, face down and crampy for the first time in my life, and tried very hard to disappear when my dad came out to "congratulate" me.

    Boys to Men

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