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Definition of congratulate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//kənˈɡrædʒəˌleɪt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they congratulate
    he / she / it congratulates
    past simple congratulated
    -ing form congratulating
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  1. 1to tell someone that you are pleased about their success or achievements congratulate somebody (on something) I congratulated them all on their results. congratulate somebody (for something) The authors should be congratulated for producing such a clear and authoritative work.
  2. 2congratulate yourself (on something) to feel pleased and proud because you have achieved something or been successful at something You can congratulate yourself on having done an excellent job.
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