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congratulate (someone) (up)on (something)

To praise someone for an accomplishment or other positive development. I just have to congratulate you on winning the tournament—you totally deserve it. Have you congratulated Fran on her new house yet?
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congratulate someone (up)on something

to compliment or wish happiness to someone because of something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I want to congratulate you on your recent success. I congratulate you on your new job!
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12 to congratulate him on his election as the 12th president of the Republic of Turkey and to wish him well.
Congratulating Christopher was Atlantis The Palm vice president of Culinary Chef Sascha Triemer who said: "The entire Atlantis The Palm team congratulates our Chef Christopher Graham on winning Time Out's Young Chef of the Year Award.
Sharma said he'd move a resolution in the Delhi Assembly on Monday to congratulate Dhawan for his magnificent performance.
BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Sd Hariri visited Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdel-Aziz Monday to congratulate him on his appointment as the new governor of Riyadh.
We congratulate Turkish Cypriots, all presidential candidates and the political parties.
I congratulate you on the excellent My Perspective by John Corvino in your February 1 issue.
As Greens we reassert the need for a United Nations-mandated international peacekeeping force to protect populations and we congratulate peace activists who have come from everywhere in the world, such as Jose Bove and many others from Italy and many other countries, amongst whom several are Greens, to support their Israeli and Palestinian friends.
I congratulate the authors for their proficient work and results.
I'M WRITING TO CONGRATULATE LATIN TRADE for finally paying tribute to environmental issues in your October 1999 article "Poetry in Motion.
I congratulate the Cabinet Committee for Law and Order, police and other law enforcement agencies for their hard work,' concluded the Chief Minister.
Speaking to ANI, Pradhan said "I Congratulate Naidu on his win.
We would like to congratulate the new president and say well done," Zuma told reporters, saying Kenyatta's trial at the International Criminal Court would not affect ties between South Africa and Kenya.
Summary: Rai and Qabbani visited Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi Wednesday to congratulate him on his election as successor to the late Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim.