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English definition of “congratulate”


verb [T] uk   /kənˈɡræt.jʊ.leɪt/ us  
B2 to praise someone and say that you approve of or are pleased about a special or unusual achievement: I was just congratulating Ceri on winning/on having won her race.Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
adjective uk   /kənˌɡræt.jʊˈleɪ.tər.i/ us    /-ˈɡrætʃ.əl.ə.tɔːr-/
a congratulatory speechPraising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
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