Pronunciation: (kun-grach'u-lāt" or, often, -graj'-, kung-), [key]
—v.t., -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
1. to express pleasure to (a person), as on a happy occasion: They congratulated him on his marriage.
2. Archaic.to express sympathetic joy or satisfaction at (an event).
3. Obs.to salute.
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