Congratulation is what you offer when someone accomplishes something positive or has a happy life event. Applause after a performance, shouting "Way to go!" or sending a nice card — all express congratulations.

The noun congratulation comes from the Latin word congratulari, which means “with joy.” The word is usually used in the plural form: congratulations. Any achievement can bring you others' congratulations, from big things like receiving an award or graduating, to more everyday things like making the swim team or getting a good grade on a test. If someone is proud of you and happy for what you've done, congratulations are in order.

Definitions of congratulation
  1. noun
    the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
    synonyms: felicitation
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    type of:
    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  2. noun
    (usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another
    “I sent them my sincere congratulations on their marriage”
    synonyms: felicitation
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    type of:
    expression, verbal expression, verbalism
    the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions
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