Definition of felicitate
: made happy
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Origin and Etymology of felicitate
Late Latin felicitatus, past participle of felicitare to make happy, from Latin felicitas
First Known Use: 1605See Words from the same year
Examples of felicitate in a Sentence
the other pianists rushed to felicitate the winner of the piano competition
Did You Know?
Felix, a Latin adjective meaning "happy" or "fruitful," is the root of our English words "felicity" and "felicitate." The former is the older of the two; it dates back to the 14th century and refers to the state of being happy or to something that makes people happy. When writing King Lear, William Shakespeare was probably pleased when he thought of the word felicitate as an adjective meaning "made happy," but not everyone took a shine to it and it fell into disuse. However, people were happy to pick up "felicitate" as a verb meaning "to make happy." That meaning is now considered archaic but it was the seed for other meanings of the word. "Felicitate" eventually grew to mean "to consider happy or fortunate" and "to congratulate."
First Known Use of felicitate
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