Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To congratulate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to congratulate
  • adj. Worthy of gratulation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To salute with declaration of joy; to congratulate.
  • adj. Worthy of gratulation.

from The 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.

Etymologies

Latin grātulārī, grātulāt-, from grātārī, to rejoice with, from grātus, pleasing; see grateful.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin congrātŭlor (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • July 17, 2008 at 3:56 pm an, an, we duzznt use dat werd…………. we say “nawt second” wen we gratulate teh “nawt second” peeps………. nebber use teh “f” werd…..

    dude, dat spider wuz huge - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • Permit me to con-gratulate you upon a most remarkable scientific discovery.

    The Fuzzy Papers

  • '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.'

    Border Ghost Stories

  • 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.

    The Day of Days An Extravaganza

  • 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.

    Literary Blunders; A chapter in the "History of Human Error"

  • 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,

    The Dramatic Works of John Dryden

  • 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.

    The Dramatic Works of John Dryden

  • 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".

    Letter to Henry A. Bitner

  • 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.

    Woodstock

  • Dryden's honour, that he was the first to hail the dawn of experimental philosophy in physics; to gratulate his country on possessing Bacon,

    The Dramatic Works of John Dryden, Volume 1 With a Life of the Author

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