congratulate

When you congratulate someone, you give that person praise — or maybe even a party to congratulate him or her on a job well done.

The word congratulate is linked to the Latin word congratulari, meaning “wish joy.” When you congratulate someone, you wish him or her joy, usually to celebrate an accomplishment or good fortune. Your joy can take the form of verbal praise (“Well done!”), a letter or card offering good wishes, a rowdy high five, or even a big chocolate cake. You can also congratulate yourself for reaching a long-time goal.

DEFINITIONS OF: congratulate

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v say something to someone that expresses praise

Synonyms:
compliment
Type of:
praise
express approval of

v express congratulations

Synonyms:
felicitate
Type of:
bid, wish
invoke upon

v be proud of

Synonyms:
plume, pride
Type of:
experience, feel
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

v pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement

Synonyms:
preen
Type of:
crow, gloat, triumph
dwell on with satisfaction
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