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
  1. verb
    say something to someone that expresses praise
    synonyms: compliment
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    type of:
    praise
    express approval of
  2. verb
    express congratulations
    synonyms: felicitate
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    type of:
    bid, wish
    invoke upon
  3. verb
    be proud of
    synonyms: plume, pride
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    type of:
    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  4. verb
    pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
    synonyms: preen
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    type of:
    crow, gloat, triumph
    dwell on with satisfaction
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