gratulate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin congrātŭlor

Verb[edit]

gratulate (third-person singular simple present gratulates, present participle gratulating, simple past and past participle gratulated)

  1. (archaic) To express joy at (an event or situation).
  2. (archaic) To greet, welcome, salute.
    • c. 1592, William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act IV, Scene 1,[3]
      Queen Elizabeth. [] Whither away?
      Lady Anne. No farther than the Tower; and, as I guess,
      Upon the like devotion as yourselves,
      To gratulate the gentle princes there.
    • 1822, William Wordsworth, “Recovery” (Ecclesiastical Sketches/Sonnets, VII) in The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1827, Volume 3, p. 33,[4]
      [] when a storm hath ceased, the birds regain
      Their cheerfulness, and busily retrim
      Their nests, or chant a gratulating hymn
      To the blue ether and bespangled plain;
    • 1881, James Thomson, “Two Sonnets,” II, in Vane’s Story, Weddah and Om-el-Bonain, and Other Poems, London: Reeves & Turner, p. 166,[5]
      Striving to sing glad songs, I but attain
      Wild discords sadder than Grief’s saddest tune
      As if an owl with his harsh screech should strain
      To over-gratulate a thrush of June.

Adjective[edit]

gratulate (comparative more gratulate, superlative most gratulate)

  1. (obsolete) Worthy of gratulation.

Anagrams[edit]


Esperanto[edit]

Adverb[edit]

gratulate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of gratuli

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

grātulāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of grātulātus