Definition of felicitate in US English:



[with object]
  • Congratulate.

    ‘the award winner was felicitated by the cultural association’
    • ‘At a function organised for felicitating the child, the boy was tested by the organisers who wanted to see if he was trained to identify only in a serial order.’
    • ‘He was honoured and felicitated by them in 1999 and by the English Churches.’
    • ‘Further, they have the unique honour of having been felicitated by none other than the Queen of England.’
    • ‘Earlier, officers laid wreaths in honour of the martyrs and felicitated war widows.’
    • ‘Also on display on one side of the exhibition hall are photographs of winners who were felicitated at a public reception held for them on Monday afternoon before the awards were presented to them formally in the evening.’
    • ‘The show came in for much praise, and they were felicitated by the international organisation for their teamwork.’
    • ‘Shivlal said it was an honour to felicitate such an outstanding cricketer and a thorough gentleman.’
    • ‘The winners were felicitated and given the awards by the state minister, in the presence of the great veteran cinema actor and a group of artists.’
    • ‘The day also saw Tamana felicitating those who had successfully won medals at the recently held Delhi Special Olympics.’
    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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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘regard as or pronounce happy or fortunate’): from late Latin felicitat- ‘made happy’, from the verb felicitare, from Latin felix, felic- ‘happy’.