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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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The King also sent a cable to President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev congratulating him in his name and on behalf of the Jordanian people and government on the occasion of his country's National Day.
A statement from HM Government of Gibraltar Government of Gibraltar said: "Lee's goal was the best said: "Lee's goal was the best and the whole House will join a nd the whole House will join in congratulating him.
During the audience, Prince Naif delivered a speech congratulating Saudi leaders and people on the Eid and highlighting services provided to visitors of Makkah and Madinah.
6) Congratulating Mother of the Year honoree Mary Kezios of Downey, fourth from left, are Pauline Evangelatos of Encino; Sia Economides, Mary Lappas and Vasso Economides, all of Woodland Hills; and Tina Callas of Studio City.
Among those congratulating Christy and the Christian Coalition were several leaders Christy has worked closely with as a Christian publisher, including Paul Crouch, Jr.
Download Berri congratulates Macron NNA - Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, on Monday sent a cable to newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, hereby congratulating him on his victory.
This is the most exciting thing that has happened in my academic career,'' Moorpark High School Principal Max Friedman said in congratulating the students.
At Pratt & Whitney Canada, we have devoted a great deal of time and 'energy' to reducing our energy consumption," said John Saabas, P&WC Senior Vice President Engineering and Operations, in congratulating the P&WC Energy Team.
To see everybody still cheering us on and congratulating us .
We join in congratulating Dell on this much deserved recognition and look forward to working with them on our shared objectives.