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 (kən-grăch′ə-lā′shən, -grăj′-, kəng-)
1. The act of expressing joy or acknowledgment, as for the achievement or good fortune of another.
2. often congratulations An expression of such joy or acknowledgment: sent him my congratulations on winning the award.
interj. congratulations
Used to express such joy or acknowledgment: I heard you got a promotion. Congratulations!


(kənˌgrætʃ əˈleɪ ʃən or, often, -ˌgrædʒ-, kəŋ-)

1. the act of congratulating.
2. congratulations, an expression of pleasure in the success or good fortune of another.
[1400–50; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.congratulation - the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebrationcongratulation - the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
2.congratulation - (usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another; "I sent them my sincere congratulations on their marriage"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
verbal expression, verbalism, expression - the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions; "expressions of good will"; "he helped me find verbal expression for my ideas"; "the idea was immediate but the verbalism took hours"


An expression of admiration or congratulation.Often used in plural:
تَهْنِئَه، تَهاني


letter of congratulation → lettre f de félicitations
congratulations exclfélicitations!toutes mes félicitations!
Congratulations, you have a healthy baby boy → Félicitations, vous avez un petit garçon en parfaite santé ...
congratulations on ... → félicitations pour ...
Congratulations on your new job! → Félicitations pour votre nouveau poste!
congratulations to ... → félicitations à ...
Congratulations to everybody who sent in their ideas → Félicitations à tous ceux qui ont soumis leurs idées.
congratulations nplfélicitations fpl
congratulations on sth → félicitations fpl pour qch


nGratulation f, → Gratulieren nt; letter/message of congratulationGlückwunschbrief m/-botschaft f, → Gratulationsbrief m/-botschaft f


(kənˈgrӕtjuleit) verb
(often with on) to express pleasure and joy to (a person) at a happy event, a success etc. She congratulated him on passing his driving test.
conˈgratulatory (-lə-) adjective
conˌgratuˈlation noun
(usually in plural). Warmest congratulations on the birth of your baby; a message of congratulation.
References in classic literature ?
A characteristic, but not exactly complimentary, congratulation," returned Laurie, still in an abject attitude, but beaming with satisfaction.
Thus far the knowledge of Heyward assisted him in the explanation; and as he now knew that the interruption was caused by the unlooked-for return of a successful war-party, every disagreeable sensation was quieted in inward congratulation, for the opportune relief and insignificance it conferred on himself.
Now it is understood that he has composed an original speech of congratulation and benediction, and this is one of the events of the day.
Weston had, of course, formed a very favourable idea of the young man; and such a pleasing attention was an irresistible proof of his great good sense, and a most welcome addition to every source and every expression of congratulation which her marriage had already secured.
Catherine surveyed him with grief and astonishment: she changed the ejaculation of joy on her lips to one of alarm; and the congratulation on their long-postponed meeting to an anxious inquiry, whether he were worse than usual?
In half an hour more Magdalen had changed her dress; had joined the guests; and had soared into an atmosphere of congratulation high above the reach of any controlling influence that Miss Garth could exercise.
It is not for one, situated, through his original errors and a fortuitous combination of unpropitious events, as is the foundered Bark (if he may be allowed to assume so maritime a denomination), who now takes up the pen to address you - it is not, I repeat, for one so circumstanced, to adopt the language of compliment, or of congratulation.
Miss Crawford, on walking up with her brother to spend the evening at Mansfield Park, heard the good news; and though seeming to have no concern in the affair beyond politeness, and to have vented all her feelings in a quiet congratulation, heard it with an attention not so easily satisfied.
Woodcourt is so far away, now," said I, "that I thought the time for such congratulation was past, Miss Flite.
All surrounded the prince with exclamations of welcome, and, on hearing that it was his birthday, with cries of congratulation and delight; many of them were very noisy.
Between them an elderly, gray-bearded man, wearing a short surplice over a light tweed suit, had evidently just completed the wedding service, for he pocketed his prayer-book as we appeared, and slapped the sinister bridegroom upon the back in jovial congratulation.
Anna Pavlovna threatened him on behalf of "our dear Vyazmitinov," and in her eyes, which, for an instant, glanced at Pierre, Prince Vasili read a congratulation on his future son-in-law and on his daughter's happiness.