To congratulate is to praise or compliment someone or to offer them good wishes when something good happens.verb
When you say "Great job, good for you!" to someone who is graduating, this is an example of a situation where you congratulate the graduate.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to express to (a person) one's pleasure at good fortune or success; felicitate: congratulate the winner
- Obsolete to rejoice at; celebrate
- Obsolete to greet; hail
Origin: < L congratulatus, pp. of congratulari < com,- together + gratulari, to wish joy < gratus, agreeable: see grace
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transitive verb con·grat·u·lat·ed, con·grat·u·lat·ing, con·grat·u·lates
Origin: Latin congrātulārī, congrātulāt- : com-, com- + grātulārī, to rejoice (from grātus, pleasing; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots).
- con·gratˈu·laˌtor noun
- con·gratˈu·la·toˌry adjective