Definition of congratulate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    congratulate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they congratulate
    BrE BrE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪt//
     
    he / she / it congratulates
    BrE BrE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪts//
     
    past simple congratulated
    BrE BrE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle congratulated
    BrE BrE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form congratulating
    BrE BrE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈɡrætʃuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    Happiness
     
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  1. 1  congratulate somebody (on something) to tell somebody that you are pleased about their success or achievements I congratulated them all on their results. The authors are to be congratulated on producing such a clear and authoritative work. Express YourselfCongratulating somebody on an achievement or a family eventWhen someone tells you some good news about their family, or what they have done, you can congratulate them: Congratulations on your engagement! I hope you'll be very happy. Well done for passing your driving test.(British English) Good job on passing your exams.(North American English) I hear you did very well in your exams/​you've got a new job/​you've had a baby—congratulations!(British English) Jo tells me you're getting married—congratulations!Responses: Thank you very much. Oh, thanks!
  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. See related entries: Happiness
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin congratulat- ‘congratulated’, from the verb congratulari, from con- ‘with’ + gratulari ‘show joy’ (from gratus ‘pleasing’).Extra examples I must congratulate you on your excellent exam results. Please join me in congratulating Luke on an outstanding season. She congratulated me warmly on my performance. The President himself is here to personally congratulate the winner. The company is to be congratulated on its success. The employees should be congratulated for the part they have played in the success. The organizers are congratulating themselves on attracting record numbers to the event.
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