One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she took the opportunity to congratulate Nicholas on his marriage’
give someone one's good wishes, wish someone good luck, wish someone joy, drink someone's health, toast, drink to, drink a toast to
2‘all three are to be congratulated for passing with flying colours’
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
informal crack someone up, crack something up
British informal big someone up, big something up
North American informal ballyhoo
dated cry someone up, cry something up
rare laud, panegyrize, felicitate
‘he congratulated himself on his success’
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
find satisfaction in, take satisfaction in, feel satisfaction at, take delight in, find pleasure in, take pleasure in, glory in, bask in, delight in, exult in, plume oneself on
pique oneself in, pique oneself on
be ashamed of
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