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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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Aoun also received a similar congratulatory cable from Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, in which he wished the Lebanese government and people further progress and prosperity.
Talk of diplomats and foreign governments holding off on congratulating Kenya has been rife, with the government now openly tweeting and broadcasting any congratulatory messages that come in.
On October 31, a day after the IEBC declared Uhuru the winner, Somalia's Mohamed Farmajo, Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni sent congratulatory messages via twitter.
Shaikh Khalifa also sent a congratulatory cable to President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solis and President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua on the their countries' Independence Day.
This comes after President Salva Kiir appeared on the state owned South Sudan broadcasting corporation which he used a means of sending out his congratulatory to Trump on his victory.
His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa also sent a congratulatory cable to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, in which he praised the constantly growing, brotherly relations between the two brotherly countries.
Also in response to a congratulatory message by President of Guinea Conakry Alpha Conde, Rohani expressed hope that Tehran-Conakry ties would further expand on all political, economic and cultural fronts.
Few days back, the government had issued show-case notices to President National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and IG Motorway Zafar Abbas over congratulatory advertisements on Nawaz Sharif's election as PM.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a congratulatory cable to Nawaz Sharif on his re-election for a third term in office as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
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.
NIDO-Qatar president O J MIllar, who was sending the congratulatory message to the Qatari leaders on behalf of the Nigerian government, urged the Nigerian government to strengthen the bilateral relation between the two countries.
President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday exchanged congratulatory cables with the Arab and Islamic kings and heads of state on occasion of Eid al-Adha.
Summary: Rabat - HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the faithful, received congratulatory messages from a number of Arab leaders on the occasion of the new Hegira year 1432.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa sent congratulatory cables to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on the occasion of Eidul-Fitr, a three-day festivity that caps the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, according to an Iraqi presidential release on Sunday.
JPM is pleased to acknowledge the congratulatory letters received from various governors, senators, state representatives and mayors from around the United States.