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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.
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All the papers, pamphlets, reports-- all the journals published by the scientific, literary, and religious societies enlarged upon its advantages; and the Society of Natural History of Boston, the Society of Science and Art of Albany, the Geographical and Statistical Society of New York, the Philosophical Society of Philadelphia, and the Smithsonian of Washington sent innumerable letters of congratulation to the Gun Club, together with offers of immediate assistance and money.
My dear Fanny,--for so I may now always call you, to the infinite relief of a tongue that has been stumbling at Miss Price for at least the last six weeks-- I cannot let my brother go without sending you a few lines of general congratulation, and giving my most joyful consent and approval.
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?
Then, my dear Adam, I need not wait to offer congratulations.
The judge was full of congratulations and curiosity.
He begins with congratulations on the approaching nuptials of my eldest daughter, of which, it seems, he has been told by some of the good-natured, gossiping Lucases.
But his congratulations died on his lips at sight of Anne's face.
In the outer office Wemmick offered me his congratulations, and incidentally rubbed the side of his nose with a folded piece of tissuepaper that I liked the look of.
When I came back from fielding this last ball I found him embracing his bat, and to my sour congratulations he could at first reply only with hysterical sounds.
I went to the place where my shop was, opened it, and received from my fellow-merchants congratulations on my return.
He finished and, getting up, embraced and kissed Pierre, who, with tears of joy in his eyes, looked round him, not knowing how to answer the congratulations and greetings from acquaintances that met him on all sides.