Definition of congratulation in English:



  • 1Words expressing one's praise for an achievement or good wishes on a special occasion.

    ‘our congratulations to the winners’
    [as exclamation] ‘congratulations on a job well done!’
    • ‘Well done to all and congratulations on what you have achieved for the needy.’
    • ‘All who took part deserved warmest congratulations for what was achieved.’
    • ‘She has received many messages of congratulations and has been wished many more happy years.’
    • ‘We offer them our congratulations and best wishes in their married life together.’
    • ‘This is a great achievement and congratulations are extended to all concerned.’
    • ‘I wish to record my gratitude and congratulations to all those involved.’
    • ‘I am delighted to admit I was wrong, and offer my heartiest congratulations.’
    • ‘Mutual congratulations between friends followed with the best of wishes for the year in which they had entered.’
    • ‘When I accidentally clink plates with the bride at the buffet table, I offer my congratulations.’
    • ‘The couple wish to thank all concerned for their good wishes of congratulations.’
    • ‘I also extend best wishes and congratulations to all my parliamentary colleagues.’
    • ‘The local community send their congratulations and best wishes to him as the new bishop.’
    • ‘He and his companion had enjoyed themselves and he was full of congratulations and compliments.’
    • ‘The staff and students who worked together to achieve this success deserve our congratulations.’
    • ‘The record speaks for itself and the home side deserves hearty congratulations.’
    • ‘To all of you who hold or are seeking elected office, congratulations and best wishes.’
    • ‘Their family and friends have been on hand to send congratulations and best wishes.’
    • ‘Once, the announcement of a pregnancy was the occasion for congratulations.’
    • ‘The word went round that Nicki was pregnant and congratulations were offered from all.’
    • ‘The community sends them congratulations and every good wish for a long and happy life together.’
    good wishes, best wishes, greetings, compliments, felicitations
    praise, commendation, applause, salutes, honour, acclaim, acclamation, tribute, cheers, ovation, accolade, plaudits, felicitations
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action of expressing congratulations.
      ‘he began pumping the hand of his son in congratulation’
      • ‘David deserves congratulation for combining two genres and, in the process, producing a serious study which is immensely enjoyable.’
      • ‘It hasn't been the source of controversy or congratulation.’
      • ‘For all the club's recent trials and tribulations, the fact that they have kept this great race going well into a fourth decade is cause for congratulation and celebration.’
      • ‘It deserves every congratulation for having got over the first tough hurdle.’
      • ‘It comes to something when a proposed council tax increase of more than twice the rate of inflation provides genuine grounds for congratulation and even sighs of relief.’
      • ‘It's over fool; congratulation or commiseration are all you can do.’
      • ‘We feel immensely proud at reaching this milestone and it's also been quite humbling to receive so many messages of congratulation.’
      • ‘Thanks everyone for popping by with words of congratulation and praise.’
      • ‘To walk unaided three tentative steps from mother's to father's arms is a cause for high celebration and congratulation.’
      • ‘Laughing is a more involuntary reaction than people are willing to admit sometimes, and to chuckle is a sign of recognition, not congratulation.’
      • ‘On litter control they said there seemed to be a distinct improvement on last year which was another matter of congratulation.’
      • ‘Thank you very much everyone who sent emails of congratulation to us, they're much appreciated.’
      • ‘What we have, then, is a career that appeared to become arrested in mid-flow, which subsequently recovered in a blaze of congratulation.’
      • ‘It was ritualised, listless clapping, not genuine congratulation at fine play.’
      • ‘Muted conversations turn to laughter, shouts of acclaim and congratulation.’
      • ‘There is a humility, too, an indication that he will not be carried away by the gusts of congratulation that have followed his elevation.’
      • ‘The hospital, built in 1935, had been inundated with calls of congratulation throughout the day from former patients, GPs and the local community.’
      • ‘Thanks to everyone who sent e-mails of congratulation.’
      • ‘His record-breaking performance will provoke a mixture of congratulation and resentment.’
      • ‘Those who couldn't make the special event sent cards, flowers and messages of congratulation.’
      praise, congratulation, appreciation, thanks
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Late Middle English: from Latin congratulatio(n-), from the verb congratulari (see congratulate).