An example of felicitate is congratulating a newly-married couple on their wedding day.
transitive verb-·tat·ed, -·tat·ing
- Archaic to make happy
- to wish happiness to; congratulate
Origin of felicitatefrom Classical Latin felicitatus, past participle of felicitare, to make happy from felix: see felicific
transitive verbfe·lic·i·tat·ed, fe·lic·i·tat·ing, fe·lic·i·tates
- To offer congratulations to: “I felicitate you on your memory, sir” ( John Fowles )
- Archaic To make happy.
Origin of felicitateLate Latin fēlīcitāre fēlīcitāt- to make happy from fēlīx fēlīc- fortunate ; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present felicitates, present participle felicitating, simple past and past participle felicitated)
- To congratulate.
(comparative more felicitate, superlative most felicitate)
- (archaic) Made very happy.
From Latin felicitatus, past participle of fēlīcitō (“to felicitate”), from fēlīx (“happy”).