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congratulate

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verb, con·grat·u·late \kən-ˈgra-chə-ˌlāt, -ˈgra-jə-\

Simple Definition of congratulate

  • : to tell (someone) that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck

  • : to feel pleased with (yourself)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of congratulate

congratulatedcongratulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to express sympathetic pleasure at (an event)

  3. 2 :  to express vicarious pleasure to (a person) on the occasion of success or good fortune <graciously congratulated the winner>; also :  to feel pleased with <congratulating herself for a job well done>

  4. 3 obsolete :  salute, greet

congratulator play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
congratulatory play \-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of congratulate in a sentence

  1. I'd like to congratulate you on your success.

  2. She congratulated us on our test results.

  3. She congratulated herself for getting the best grade in her class.



Origin of congratulate

Latin congratulatus, past participle of congratulari to wish joy, from com- + gratulari to wish joy, from gratus pleasing — more at grace


First Known Use: 1539

Rhymes with congratulate

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CONGRATULATE Defined for Kids

congratulate

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verb con·grat·u·late \kən-ˈgra-chə-ˌlāt\

Definition of congratulate for Students

congratulatedcongratulating

  1. :  to express pleasure on account of success or good fortune <I congratulated the winner.>



Word Root of congratulate

The Latin word gratus, meaning “pleasing” or “thankful,” gives us the root grat. Words from the Latin gratus have something to do with being pleasing or being thankful. To ingratiate yourself is to make others feel thankful for something you've done. To feel grateful is to feel thankful for something. Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness. To congratulate is to express how pleasing someone's success is.



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