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Line breaks: con|gratu|late
Pronunciation: /kənˈɡratjʊleɪt

Definition of congratulate in English:


[with object]
1Give (someone) one’s good wishes when something special or pleasant has happened to them: he had taken the chance to congratulate him on his marriage
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  • The newly elected officers were congratulated and wished well in their work for the coming year.
  • Her many friends congratulate Mary and wish her lots of luck in the future.
  • From us in the newsroom we congratulate you and wish you well in retirement.
1.1Praise (someone) for an achievement: the operators are to be congratulated for the service that they provide
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  • The players and management must be congratulated for this amazing achievement.
  • No doubt his constituents are proud of his achievement and congratulate him on his advancement.
  • I am, however, sincerely delighted to congratulate you on the achievement of a personal goal.
praise, commend, applaud, salute, honour, eulogize, extol, acclaim, sing the praises of, heap praise on, pay tribute to, speak highly/well of, flatter, compliment, say nice things about, express admiration for, wax lyrical about, make much of, pat on the back, take one's hat off to, throw bouquets at
informal crack someone/something up
North American informal ballyhoo
archaic emblazon
1.2 (congratulate oneself) Feel pride or satisfaction: she congratulated herself on her powers of deduction
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  • He didn't do it but sure took pride in congratulating himself for triumphing over the impulse.
  • You go on, year after year, congratulating yourself that some piece of domestic equipment is doing well, lasting so long.
  • Perhaps, they can stop congratulating themselves on how well they have done in covering this story and start asking some hard questions.
take pride in, be/feel proud of, feel proud about, be proud of oneself for, flatter oneself on, preen oneself on, pat oneself on the back for, give oneself a pat on the back for;
find/take satisfaction in, feel satisfaction at, take delight in, find/take pleasure in, glory in, bask in, delight in, exult in, plume oneself on
archaic pique oneself on/in


mid 16th century: from Latin congratulat- 'congratulated', from the verb congratulari, from con- 'with' + gratulari 'show joy' (from gratus 'pleasing').



Example sentences
  • Subsequently, the young defender was surrounded by congratulators, all in amber, but Arthur can't absolve himself of the fact that he could have done better there.
  • Being such a self congratulator, I was ready to extend the celebrations for my coming of age across a whole weekend, even though the date in question was on the Monday after.
  • As much as they tried to find moments alone, it was impossible to avoid the droves of congratulators.


Pronunciation: /-lət(ə)ri/
Example sentences
  • Their efforts deserve every congratulatory comment I made in my speech yesterday, and I believe of every member in this House.
  • After opening a congratulatory letter from the Queen, she celebrated her centenary with a party at the home where staff presented her with a personal stereo.
  • He gave him a congratulatory slap on the shoulder.

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