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

Definition of congratulation

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web After the celebration and self-congratulation end, there may be a few fixes to hem in a future leader as openly corrupt as Trump—but not to deal with the larger corruptions his rise presupposed. Samuel Moyn, The New York Review of Books, "How Trump Won," 9 Nov. 2020 International messages of congratulation started rolling in Saturday for U.S. President-elect Joe Biden after he was projected the winner of the presidential election. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "'Welcome back, America': World congratulates Joe Biden, allies and adversaries look ahead," 7 Nov. 2020 Against the backdrop of residents evacuating before the storm, doctors on the front line of the pandemic, and uprisings in the streets, watching the GOP’s self-congratulation tour felt like being dropped into a different dimension. Lorraine Ali, Star Tribune, "Rhetoric at the RNC has gone from disastrous to dangerous," 27 Aug. 2020 Amid routine congratulations, international reaction has mixed relief with frustration. The Economist, "Titles all round Afghanistan’s two rival presidents reach a deal," 21 May 2020 Typically each guest at a graduation party signs a guest book with their name and a note of congratulations. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Ways to Throw a Virtual Graduation Party If You Can't Celebrate in Person," 14 May 2020 And congratulations to all of us for being one day closer to the start of the 2020 college football season. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "‘This one is for Andy’: Dez Bryant, NFL world congratulate Chiefs’ coach Reid on first Super Bowl win," 3 Feb. 2020 But that night, awash in the smell of smoke, the scientists shook hands and exchanged congratulations. Kyle Dickman, Scientific American, "The Hidden Toll of Wildfires," 1 Mar. 2020 Manning followed it up with a heartfelt congratulations to the Saints quarterback. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "WATCH: Peyton Manning “congratulates” Drew Brees on breaking his touchdown record," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of congratulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for congratulation

see congratulate

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“Congratulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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