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.
- to express to (a person) one's pleasure at good fortune or success; felicitate: congratulate the winner
- Obs. to rejoice at; celebrate
- Obs. to greet; hail
Origin of congratulate; from Classical Latin congratulatus, past participle of congratulari ; from com,- together + gratulari, to wish joy ; from gratus, agreeable: see grace
transitive verbcon·grat·u·lat·ed, con·grat·u·lat·ing, con·grat·u·lates
Origin of congratulateLatin congr&amacron;tul&amacron;r&imacron;, congr&amacron;tul&amacron;t- : com-, com- + gr&amacron;tul&amacron;r&imacron;, to rejoice (from gr&amacron;tus, pleasing; see gwer&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present congratulates, present participle congratulating, simple past and past participle congratulated)
From Latin congratulor, from gratus (“blessing”).