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)
Full Definition of congratulate
1 archaic : to express sympathetic pleasure at (an event)
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>
Examples of congratulate
I'd like to congratulate you on your success.
She congratulated us on our test results.
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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