- 1Give (someone) one’s good wishes when something special or pleasant has happened to them: I went into the living room to congratulate Bill on his marriageMore example sentences
send one's best wishes to, wish someone good luck, wish someone joy; drink to someone's health, toast
- 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 a particular achievement: the operators are to be congratulated for the excellent service that they now provideMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 (congratulate oneself) Feel pride or satisfaction: she congratulated herself on her powers of deduction the Director was congratulating himself that nothing could go wrongMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
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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').