congratulate

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
congratulate

Third-person singular
congratulates

Past tense
congratulated

Past participle
congratulated

Present participle
congratulating

  1. To congratulate somebody is to tell them that they did a good job.

Usage notes[change]

The word "congratulate" is sometimes incorrectly spelled as "congradulate", influenced by the word "graduate". The word "congratulate" actually comes from a Latin words con and gratulari (also gives the word "gratitude"), meaning "with expression of joy". In contrast, "graduate" comes from the Latin word graduatus, meaning "to take a degree".[1]

  1. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/congradulations-or-congratulations