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Meaning of CONGRATULATE

Pronunciation:  kun'grachu`leyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  say something to someone that expresses praise; "He complimented her on her last physics paper"
  2. [v]  express congratulations
  3. [v]  pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
  4. [v]  be proud of; "He prides himself on making it into law school"
 

CONGRATULATE is a 12 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: compliment, felicitate, plume, preen, pride, pride
 
 See Also: bid, crow, experience, feel, gloat, praise, triumph, wish

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Con*grat"u*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Congratulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Congratulating}.] [L.
    congratulatus, p. p. of congratulari to wish joy abundantly;
    con- + gratulari to wish joy, from gratus pleasing. See
    {Grateful}.]
    To address with expressions of sympathetic pleasure on
    account of some happy event affecting the person addressed;
    to wish joy to.
    
          It is the king's most sweet pleasure and affection to
          congratulate the princess at her pavilion. --Shak.
    
    {To congratulate one's self}, to rejoice; to feel
       satisfaction; to consider one's self happy or fortunate.
    
    Syn: {To Congratulate}, {Felicitate}.
    
    Usage: To felicitate is simply to wish a person joy. To
           congratulate has the additional signification of
           uniting in the joy of him whom we congratulate. Hence
           they are by no means synonymous. One who has lost the
           object of his affections by her marriage to a rival,
           might perhaps felicitate that rival on his success,
           but could never be expected to congratulate him on
           such an event.
    
                 Felicitations are little better than
                 compliments; congratulations are the expression
                 of a genuine sympathy and joy.    --Trench.
    
    
  2. \Con*grat"u*late\, v. i.
    To express of feel sympathetic joy; as, to congratulate with
    one's country. [R.] --Swift.
    
          The subjects of England may congratulate to themselves.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
    
 

 

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