congratulate

Definitions

  • Congratulations on finding your game again
    Congratulations on finding your game again
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v congratulate say something to someone that expresses praise "He complimented her on her last physics paper"
    • v congratulate express congratulations
    • v congratulate pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
    • v congratulate be proud of "He prides himself on making it into law school"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Congratulate 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.""Felicitations are little better than compliments; congratulations are the expression of a genuine sympathy and joy."
    • v. i Congratulate To express of feel sympathetic joy; as, to congratulate with one's country. "The subjects of England may congratulate to themselves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • congratulate To address with expressions of sympathetic pleasure; compliment or felicitate upon an event deemed happy; wish joy to: with on or upon before the subject of congratulation: as, to congratulate a man on the birth of a son; to congratulate the nation on the restoration of peace.
    • congratulate To welcome; hail with expressions of pleasure; salute.
    • congratulate To express or feel sympathetic gratification: followed by with or, formerly, to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Congratulate kon-grat′ū-lāt to wish joy to on any fortunate event: to felicitate: to consider one's self fortunate in some matter
    • n Congratulate a congratulator
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Quotations

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    “We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age.”
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.”
  • W. Clement Stone
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    “We have a problem. Congratulations. But it's a tough problem. Then double congratulations.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.”
  • William M. Thackeray
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    “I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. congratulatus, p. p. of congratulari, to wish joy abundantly; con-, + gratulari, to wish joy, from gratus, pleasing. See Grateful

Usage

In literature:

Many and sincere were the congratulations of all at their success and deliverance.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
When I got on board, my shipmates welcomed me warmly, and sincerely congratulated me on my escape.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
The admiral almost repeated what the captain had said; and I had good reason to congratulate myself at the success of my adventure.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
Most sincerely did we congratulate ourselves on the success of our intrigue.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Allow me to congratulate you, with all my heart, at the fortunate termination to your unjust bondage.
"The Privateersman" by Frederick Marryat
We may all congratulate ourselves on what we're making.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
Henriette congratulated her on having been admired by the fastidious Hubert.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Two nights later a jolly party gathered in Frank Merriwell's room to offer him congratulations.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
By the way, perhaps one wishes well to the bride and congratulates the bridegroom!
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Congratulation, commendation of a two-edged sort, questions and ejaculations, flew round him like hail.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
But I've just come to congratulate you if I may make so bold.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
The letter of congratulation must be natural, not stilted, and must be sincere.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
I congratulate you on your escape.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
Bouvard congratulated him upon it, and received praises from his friend on the subject of the wrapper.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Miss Hester congratulated herself, and slipped out to work.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
He chatted and laughed with the other barristers, and accepted their congratulations upon his speech.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The other officers congratulated me, and the soldiers said I was a bully boy.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck
I congratulate myself therefore on being admitted to such distinguished company.
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
I am pausing only a moment to congratulate you on the splendid news.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
Dear Aunt Sarah, do say one word of congratulation.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

Stephen
(tasting critically, then nodding).
That is wine!
Let me congratulate you, my good sir,
Upon your exquisite judgment!
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
We've met to greet our friend, T.J.,
And tender our congratulations,
Without forgetting Phebe A.,
In our most heartfelt salutations.
"Kind Gentlemen And Ladies Fair" by David John Scott
"Forgive these yells and cellar-flaps:
I'm always thrown in some such state
When on his face well-meaning chaps
This wretched man congratulate.
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
My child, I join in these congratulations:
Heed not the tear that dims this aged eye!
Old memories crowd upon me. Though I sorrow,
'Tis for myself, Aline, and not for thee!
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The collection of materials
The sorting of minerals
The naming of substances
The enumeration of all these
And the congratulation of all those
Who live in a certain part of a certain place
"To Make A Bridge" by Charles Madge
I congratulate you,
'Twas a hard labour, but 'tis out at last;
The pangs of the delivery won't hurt you.
Go on with undiminished zeal, and people
Heaven, when no longer fit to people earth.
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Roberto Madera Salon in Palm Desert congratulates the Palm Springs Life 40 Under 40 by treating the group to "a day of beauty" -- with haircolor (if needed) and styling -- at its location on El Paseo.
Congratulations to the winners of the Aug 19 primary.
AP Photo Oakland Athletics' Brandon Inge , right, is congratulated by Seth Smith (15) after Inge hit a three-run home run off Detroit Tigers' Duane Below during the sixth inning on Friday in Oakland, Calif (AP Photo).
AP Photo Brandon Inge is congratulated by third base coach Mike Gallego on Friday after hitting a three-run home run against the Detroit Tigers.
AP Photo Baltimore Orioles' Ty Wigginton, right, is congratulated by teammate Adam Jones after hitting a two-run home run to tie the game against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning on June 30.
The Philadelphia Inquirer "Assault on Learning" series won a Pulitzer Prize today, and the reporting team, by and large, deserves heartfelt congratulations.
I congratulate Walter Bull on his insightful column "'New Norm' Caught Us By Surprise" (Nov 11).
Louis Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide (44) congratulates kicker Greg Zuerlein after their 19-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept 30, 2012, in St Louis.
Congratulations on a nice auction find.
Congratulations to Salman Rushdie, who finally gained his official Twitter handle after shaming another person off of it.
Congratulations, Junco , this year's winner of WMWV's Song of the Year Contest.
New pilot Mike Keck is congratulated by DPE Dick Hanusa after his successful checkride July 12.
St Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina (4) is congratulated by teammate Allen Craig after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Friday, Sept 28, 2012, in St Louis.
Congratulations Michaela from WXPN Listeners Across the Globe.
Sandy Fernandez from Princeton Hi, Michaela: A most hearty congratulations on your 20th anniversary.
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In science:

Congratulations, Jerry! This work was supported in part by CONACyT under pro ject No. 32416-E.
Shape phase transitions and random interactions
We hope that Mike Keane will read this paper to discover that phrase, as well as our congratulations and best wishes.
Strong invariance principle for dependent random fields
We congratulate the authors on a review of convergence rates for Gibbs sampling routines.
Comment: On Random Scan Gibbs Samplers
We congratulate Imai, King and Nall on a valuable paper which will help to improve the design and analysis of cluster randomized studies.
Comment: The Essential Role of Pair Matching in Cluster-Randomized Experiments, with Application to the Mexican Universal Health Insurance Evaluation
Somewhat discouraged, Sophie sends a polite email to the authors of the new paper, congratulating them on their result and asking to see their source code.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
We congratulate Morris and Tang for an interesting addition to empirical Bayes methods, and for tackling a difficult and nagging problem in variance estimation.
Discussion of "Estimating Random Effects via Adjustment for Density Maximization" by C. Morris and R. Tang
We congratulate the authors for preparing an insightful and informative paper on the ADM method.
Discussion of "Estimating Random Effects via Adjustment for Density Maximization" by C. Morris and R. Tang
Acknowledgements We congratulate our colleagues in the CERN accelerator departments for the excellent performance of the LHC machine.
Combined search for the quarks of a sequential fourth generation
I congratulate all of you, the management, the machine crew and the large number of enthusiastic young researchers who have made this miracle possible.
Experimental Conference Summary
Our congratulations to the organizers for such a beautiful meeting.
Discussion: Star Formation Within Galaxies
This whole area of research is an appropriate and timely topic for the first in this series of symposia. I congratulate the organizers, and in particular Luis Ho, for putting together such an interesting program of talks and posters.
Coevolution of Black Holes and Galaxies: Conference Summary
I am deeply indebted to Mrs Hiltscher and Bernd Lewandowski for their help in preparing this talk and congratulate the organisers for a superb conference.
The End of the Constituent Quark Model?
All the students gave outstanding talks, congratulations to each of them.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
The Workshop has clearly been very successful in all of these, and the organisers deserve congratulations and thanks.
Summary of the HERA-LHC workshop
We congratulate the authors for their interesting and stimulating paper on ABC.
Some discussions of D. Fearnhead and D. Prangle's Read Paper "Constructing summary statistics for approximate Bayesian computation: semi-automatic approximate Bayesian computation"
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