grat·​u·​late ˈgra-chə-ˌlāt How to pronounce gratulate (audio)
gratulated; gratulating; gratulates
gratulation noun
gratulatory adjective

Word History


Latin gratulatus, past participle of gratulari — more at congratulate

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gratulate was in 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Gratulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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