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congratulate (v.)

"address with expressions of sympathetic pleasure," 1540s, from Latin congratulatus, past participle of congratulari "wish joy," from assimilated form of com "together, with" (see con-) + gratulari "give thanks, show joy," from gratus "agreeable" (from suffixed form of PIE root *gwere- (2) "to favor"). Related: Congratulated; congratulating; congratulable.

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Definitions of congratulate from WordNet

congratulate (v.)
say something to someone that expresses praise;
Synonyms: compliment
congratulate (v.)
express congratulations;
Synonyms: felicitate
congratulate (v.)
be proud of;
Synonyms: pride / plume
congratulate (v.)
pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement;
Synonyms: preen
From wordnet.princeton.edu