Definition of congratulate in English:

congratulate

verb

[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’
    ‘Simone wrote to her shortly after her engagement had been announced to congratulate her’
    • ‘We also wish to congratulate him on his retirement, and wish him many happy years and good luck in the years ahead.’
    • ‘Please join me in congratulating them and wishing them the happiest of futures together.’
    • ‘From us in the newsroom we congratulate you and wish you well in retirement.’
    • ‘Her many friends congratulate Mary and wish her lots of luck in the future.’
    • ‘Micheal is from Kinvara in County Galway and we congratulate him on being honoured.’
    • ‘They congratulated her on getting a grandson and asked her to announce a package for them on this happy occasion.’
    • ‘We congratulate him on his special occasion and we wish him many more of the same.’
    • ‘The newly elected officers were congratulated and wished well in their work for the coming year.’
    • ‘Seven people left comments congratulating us, criticizing us, and warning us about our decision to live together.’
    • ‘All their families and friends congratulate the happy couple and wish them all the very best for the future.’
    • ‘All their family and friends congratulate them and wish them many more years of happiness together.’
    • ‘A large crowd turned out to congratulate them and wish them the best in the future.’
    give someone one's good wishes, wish someone good luck, wish someone joy, drink someone's health, toast, drink to, drink a toast to
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    1. 1.1 Praise (someone) for an achievement.
      ‘the operators are to be congratulated for the service that they provide’
      • ‘I am, however, sincerely delighted to congratulate you on the achievement of a personal goal.’
      • ‘He congratulated the team and management on their successes and wished them all the best for the coming season.’
      • ‘Women at the grass roots must be congratulated for doing a very courageous job.’
      • ‘And I look forward to congratulating him on a pretty darn good victory.’
      • ‘He wished that just once someone might congratulate him on a job well done.’
      • ‘Our Prime Minister must be congratulated for not making the event a political outing.’
      • ‘He and his staff are to be congratulated for their workmanship and their commitment to this scheme.’
      • ‘He has spent over fifty years at the top in a very demanding profession and deserves to be congratulated for it.’
      • ‘I therefore wish to congratulate this brave man publicly for standing up for what he believed in.’
      • ‘The players and management must be congratulated for this amazing achievement.’
      • ‘She was in hospital in July having her first session of chemotherapy when flowers and cards flooded in congratulating her on publishing what has been the most remarkable debut of the year.’
      • ‘So all in all it was a great week for Margaret and we congratulate her on her achievements.’
      • ‘The children and their parents are to be congratulated for their efforts in making the event such a success.’
      • ‘People were coming up and wishing me Happy Birthday, and congratulating me on my performance.’
      • ‘The club congratulates all teams who have made the finals and wishes them all every success.’
      • ‘The club should be congratulated for this tremendous example of internationalism.’
      • ‘No doubt his constituents are proud of his achievement and congratulate him on his advancement.’
      • ‘We congratulate her on her success and wish her further advancement, if that is her desire.’
      • ‘Students with exceptional attendance records have been congratulated for their dedication to school.’
      • ‘I would like to congratulate David on what he has achieved and I wish him all the best next week.’
      praise, commend, applaud, salute, honour, eulogize, extol, acclaim, sing the praises of, heap praise on, pay tribute to, speak highly of, speak 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
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    2. 1.2congratulate oneself Feel pride or satisfaction.
      ‘she congratulated herself on her powers of deduction’
      • ‘On a day when British officials were congratulating themselves on the team's best showing in an Olympic Games for 76 years, a record of an unenviable nature was later set on the track.’
      • ‘You go on, year after year, congratulating yourself that some piece of domestic equipment is doing well, lasting so long.’
      • ‘It makes me seethe with anger, the image of these people smugly congratulating themselves for their self-righteousness while hurting so many good and decent people.’
      • ‘Within the divine plan, they see their role as making this gift available to others, rather than congratulating themselves on possessing it.’
      • ‘Rather than congratulating themselves, Labor's national office should definitely hold an independent inquiry into their failure of a federal leader and Labor's disastrous, inept and disgraceful election campaign.’
      • ‘It was whilst quietly congratulating ourselves on this turn of events over the weekend that it dawned on me that we now have considerably more time on our hands, time that I squandered yesterday by cleaning the house.’
      • ‘He didn't do it but sure took pride in congratulating himself for triumphing over the impulse.’
      • ‘Leftists spend so much of their time congratulating themselves on being smarter and more moral than everybody else that they never stop and actually ask themselves if maybe they've got something wrong.’
      • ‘After that, the stories came out in a rush, many of them editorials by journalists congratulating themselves for not running the story in the first place.’
      • ‘The cycling authorities were still congratulating themselves on being ahead in the war against the cheats when the Tour de France was shown to be nothing more than a travelling medicine show.’
      • ‘So this weekend, we will be sitting on our living-room floor (we can't afford the rest of the furniture yet) congratulating ourselves; probably we'll unpack a few boxes and open a few cans as well.’
      • ‘Perhaps, they can stop congratulating themselves on how well they have done in covering this story and start asking some hard questions.’
      • ‘In fact, journalists had started congratulating themselves that they did better in the election this year - I've heard a lot of positive views from journalists.’
      • ‘When European journalists and intellectuals aren't relishing the latest windy jeremiad by one of these cranks, they're busy congratulating themselves for their appreciation of nuance.’
      • ‘In fact, the idea of listening to a bunch of pompous professionals congratulating themselves on their own erudition seems marginally less appealing than poking myself in the eye with a red-hot skewer.’
      • ‘Having decided to introduce a gay character (whilst no doubt congratulating themselves for their moral fortitude) the scriptwriters show no inclination to explore the issue further.’
      • ‘The fought to keep big corporations and fast food chains out of the town, but amidst congratulating themselves, fret that their paradise is too popular.’
      • ‘The major supermarkets have been congratulating themselves in delivering a Christmas bonus for millions of motorists by cutting fuel to below 80p a litre.’
      • ‘Young farmers have been congratulating themselves on an ‘excellent year of competition’ at their annual meeting.’
      • ‘Instead of feeling like they've failed, smokers should be congratulating themselves on taking the first steps towards giving up for good.’
      take pride in, be proud of, 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
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

congratulate

/kənˈɡratjʊleɪt/