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English definition of “congratulate”

congratulate

verb [T]     /kənˈɡræt.jʊ.leɪt/
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 Grammar:Congratulating and celebratingWe use different expressions for celebrations:See more congratulatory     /kənˌɡræt.jʊˈleɪ.tər.i/ US  /-ˈɡrætʃ.əl.ə.tɔːr-/ adjective a congratulatory speechPraising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
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