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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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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood also released a message, congratulating Erdogan on his election success.
His Majesty also sent a similar cable to President of the Slovak Republic Ivan Gasparovic congratulating him in his name and on behalf of the Jordanian people and government on the occasion of his country's National Day.
Did the bombers of Guernica need congratulating? Was the obliteration of Hiroshima a wonderfully novel burst of light?
KUWAIT, July 5 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday sent a cable to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah congratulating him on Eid El-Fitr (Lesser Bairam) that starts on Wednesday.
In a statement here on Thursday, the Health Minister while congratulating the newly promoted doctors has said that the Health Department has resolved doctors' long standing issue of promotion and now its doctors turn to work hard and to serve patients in better way.
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." in congratulating him."
Congratulating Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz on his appointment, Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Najran Region wished him all success in the service of the homeland under the wise leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince.
Meanwhile, Das, who became the first Indian woman to bag the gold medal in the championship, on Friday also thanked everyone for congratulating her on the victory.
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.
Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif while congratulating Chief Justice Sindh High Court (SHC) over his son's recovery said recovery of Owais Shah became possible due to outstanding professional skills of intelligence agencies and security forces.
Congratulating the Prime Minister-elect, the Speaker said that his election was an evidence of trust and confidence of the representatives of the people in his leadership and abilities.
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.