con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion | \ kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce congratulation (audio) , -ˌgra-jə-\

Definition of congratulation

1 : the act of congratulating
2 : a congratulatory expression usually used in plural Congratulations on your promotion.

Examples of congratulation in a Sentence

Let me offer you my congratulations for being elected. Please send her my congratulations. I sent her a letter of congratulations.
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The posts have wracked up hundreds of comments within minutes, as friends and fans send their congratulations. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead and Ant Anstead Are Having a Baby, and People Are Freaking Out," 22 Mar. 2019 It's now been revealed that Prince Charles has been replying to letters of congratulation he's received regarding Meghan and Harry's happy news. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles Sent the Most Adorable Thank You Letters in Response to Royal Baby News," 22 Nov. 2018 Alex returned to offer A.J. a proper congratulations. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "The Astros had Alex Bregman surprise his brother with the news they had drafted him," 6 June 2018 Sometimes, people who seem to know little about running come up to Schweizer and offer congratulations. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "She never expected to win a national title. Her Mizzou career could end with seven," 5 June 2018 Why staffers might leak that advice is a different question: The congratulations had been extended, so the leak couldn’t influence a pending policy outcome. Nicholas Zimmerman, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Washington Insiders Decide to Leak," 16 May 2018 Abbott’s state office in 2015 jumped the gun by tweeting congratulations to the Astros for advancing to the American League Championship Series before the end of a deciding game against the Kansas City Royals. Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News, "Gov. Abbott says he’ll face Valdez, but White hopes to prove him wrong," 8 Apr. 2018 The final words—congratulations—go to Hussein Chalayan, hero of the '90s, who is very much in operation, selling his super-interesting clothes 25 years later. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of London Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 Read the full transcript of his address below: Thank you Shaun and congratulations again to all of tonight’s nominees and winners. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Prince Harry's Powerful Speech at the Endeavour Awards," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of congratulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for congratulation

see congratulate

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English Language Learners Definition of congratulation

: a message telling someone that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck : words that congratulate someone
used to tell someone that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck often + on
formal : the act of telling someone that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck : the act of congratulating someone


con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion | \ kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce congratulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of congratulation

1 : the act of expressing pleasure at another person's success or good fortune
2 : an expression of pleasure at another person's success or good fortune usually used in pl.

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