- To congratulate is to praise or compliment someone or to offer them good wishes when something good happens.
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.
transitive verbcongratulated, congratulating
- 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 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 congrātulārī, congrātulāt- : com-, com- + grātulārī, to rejoice (from grātus, 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”).