Definition of congratulation in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˌɡraCHəˈlāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /kənˌɡrajəˈlāSH(ə)n/


1An expression of praise for an achievement or good wishes on a special occasion; the act of congratulating: he began pumping the hand of his son in congratulation
More example sentences
  • Thanks everyone for popping by with words of congratulation and praise.
  • Laughing is a more involuntary reaction than people are willing to admit sometimes, and to chuckle is a sign of recognition, not congratulation.
  • Muted conversations turn to laughter, shouts of acclaim and congratulation.
1.1 (congratulations) Words expressing congratulation: our congratulations to the winners [as exclamation]: congratulations on a job well done!
More example sentences
  • The community sends them congratulations and every good wish for a long and happy life together.
  • This is a great achievement and congratulations are extended to all concerned.
  • She has received many messages of congratulations and has been wished many more happy years.
good wishes, best wishes, compliments, felicitations
praise, commendation, applause, salutes, honor, acclaim, cheers;
approval, admiration, compliments, bouquets, kudos, adulation;
a pat on the back


Late Middle English: from Latin congratulatio(n-), from the verb congratulari (see congratulate).

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Syllabification: con·grat·u·la·tion

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