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Definitions for congratulate
kənˈgrætʃ əˌleɪt or, often, -ˈgrædʒ-, kəŋ-con·grat·u·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compliment, congratulateverb

    say something to someone that expresses praise

    "He complimented her on her last physics paper"

  2. congratulate, felicitateverb

    express congratulations

  3. pride, plume, congratulateverb

    be proud of

    "He prides himself on making it into law school"

  4. preen, congratulateverb

    pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement


  1. congratulateverb

    to express one's sympathetic pleasure or joy to the person(s) it is felt for

  2. Etymology: From congratulor, from gratus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: gratulor, Latin.

    I congratulate our English tongue, that it has been enriched with words from all our neighbours. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    An ecclesiastical union within yourselves, I am rather ready to congratulate to you. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    The subjects of England may congratulate to themselves, that the nature of our government and the clemency of our king secure us. John Dryden, Aurengzebe. Preface to.

  2. To Congratulateverb

    To rejoice in participation.

    I cannot but, with much pleasure, congratulate with my dear country, which hath outdone all Europe in advancing conversation. Jonathan Swift, Introduction to Genteel Conversation.


  1. congratulate

    To congratulate is to express joy or acknowledgment for someone's achievements, accomplishments, or special occasions. It usually involves communicating positive feelings and praise to individuals for their success in personal or professional life or for reaching significant milestones.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Congratulateverb

    to address with expressions of sympathetic pleasure on account of some happy event affecting the person addressed; to wish joy to

  2. Congratulateverb

    to express of feel sympathetic joy; as, to congratulate with one's country

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Congratulate

    kon-grat′ū-lāt, v.t. to wish joy to on any fortunate event: to felicitate: to consider one's self fortunate in some matter.—adj. Congrat′ulant, expressing congratulation.—n. a congratulator.—ns. Congratulā′tion, act of congratulating: an expression of joy or sympathy; Congrat′ulator.—adj. Congrat′ulatory. [L. congratulāri, -ātuscon, inten., gratulārigratus, pleasing.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of congratulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of congratulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of congratulate in a Sentence

  1. The Blonde Jon:

    It’s so funny, when you hit a miles stone... the real ones are the first ones to congratulate you.

  2. Congressional Black Caucus:

    I've reached out to congratulate all of the newly-elected African American Members of Congress on their win, including Representatives-Elect Love and Hurd, and to invite them to join the Congressional Black Caucus, government is most effective when both parties work together for the greater good of the country. I have no doubt that all of the new Members of Congressional Black Caucus will bring their own unique perspective and skills, further solidifying our strength as a Caucus.

  3. John Adams:

    No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it.

  4. Sipho P Nkosi:

    There are those who will congratulate you when something good happens in your life and those who will never, nevertheless smile with them all, but mark the good ones and the bad.

  5. Flavio Volpe:

    The Minister’s drive to achieve another vanity trophy paid for by the regular people who work in Canada’s auto sector is amazing to watch and I congratulate him on this ignominious achievement.

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