congratulate (someone) (up)on (something)

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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!
See also: congratulate, on
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I am sure I congratulate him upon his success, if he has succeeded."
Indeed I do," said Athos; "I not only approve of what he has done, but I congratulate him upon it."
The count is in fashion; I congratulate him upon it."
NNA - Grand Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Abdellatif Derian, received on Monday Saudi Minister Plenipotentiary Charge d'Affaires, Walid al-Bukhari, who came to congratulate him upon his return from Hajj.
Central Bank Director for Communication Christine Alupo confirmed this to the Observer, saying that, "we congratulate him upon his reappointment."
"Nathan informed me recently as to the background of this news and my first reaction was to congratulate him upon securing such a prestigious position," said Giants managing director manager Richard Thewlis.
Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis said: "Nathan informed me recently as to the background of this news and my first reaction was to congratulate him upon securing such a prestigious position.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh received on Tuesday at the Republican Palace in Taiz the people who flocked to congratulate him upon Eid al Adha.
'I'm very happy that you noticed this,' he replies when I congratulate him upon his Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna's delicacy and flexibility throughout this massive score.