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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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The embassy, meanwhile, noted that the lawmaker from Taguig expressed his delight over the congratulatory messages from the Chinese officials.
This comes after, Pakistan media, citing diplomatic sources, reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had, in reply to congratulatory messages, expressed willingness to hold talks with the neighbouring country.
Reaching another step in the ladder of success is one of life's sweetest victories and this is made even sweeter by sharing the Chocolate Dedication Cake with Congratulatory Theme Toppers with loved ones!
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent similar congratulatory messages to Imran Khan.
But Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma said that the congratulatory messages were coming in on their own, unsolicited.
PSCU said via twitter that the UK sent its congratulatory message through its Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
28 (BNA): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa sent a congratulatory cable to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his country's National Day.
The function, according to a public invitation notice, explains that the essence of the demonstration would to a send congratulatory message and affirmation of support to Donald Trump on his successful election as the 45th president of the United States.
KUWAIT, Oct 3 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a congratulatory cable to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the advent of Eid Al-Adha, slated for Saturday.
The Rulers, Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers also dispatched similar congratulatory cables to GCC, Arab and Islamic leaders on the occasion.
HIS Majesty King Hamad sent a congratulatory cable to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the occasion of Saudi Arabia's National Day.
"The expansion of ties with neighboring and Muslim countries, especially Pakistan, will be among the next administration's foreign policy priorities," Rohani said on Tuesday in response to a congratulatory message by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
Islamabad -- In a positive and unprecedented move, the government on Wednesday sacked Inspector General Motorways for issuing congratulatory advertisement on state expenses.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Ruslan Kazakbaev sent a congratulatory message to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Janos Martoni on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between two states, reported press office of the MFA.
Muscat, May 9 (ONA) His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said has received a cable of thanks from President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal in reply to His Majesty's congratulatory cable on the occasion of him being elected as a President for the Republic.