Definition of congratulate in English:


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


[with object]



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  • 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/
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  • 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.


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

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