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gratulate

[grach-uh-leyt] /ˈgrætʃ əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), gratulated, gratulating.
1.
to hail with joy; express joy at.
2.
to congratulate.
verb (used without object), gratulated, gratulating.
3.
to express joy.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin grātulātus (past participle of grātulārī to express joy), equivalent to grātul- express joy, congratulate, thank (derivative of grātus pleasing) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
gratulatorily
[grach-uh-luh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-] /ˈgrætʃ ə ləˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
gratulatory, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gratulatory

gratulate

/ˈɡrætjʊˌleɪt/
verb (transitive) (archaic)
1.
to greet joyously
2.
to congratulate
Derived Forms
gratulant, adjective
gratulation, noun
gratulatory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin grātulārī, from grātus pleasing
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