[kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-] /kənˌgrætʃ əˈleɪ ʃən or, often, -ˌgrædʒ-, kəŋ-/

the act of .
congratulations, an expression of joy in the success or good fortune of another.
congratulations, (used to express joy in the success or good fortune of another):
Congratulations! You have just won the lottery!
plural noun, sentence substitute
expressions of pleasure or joy; felicitations

1630s, an exclamation conveying a sentiment of congratulation, from congratulation (q.v.).

mid-15c., from Latin congratulationem (nominative congratulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of congratulari “wish joy,” from com- “together, with” (see com-) + gratulari “give thanks, show joy,” from gratus “agreeable” (see grace (n.)).

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