Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To offer congratulations to: "I felicitate you on your memory, sir” ( John Fowles).
  • transitive v. Archaic To make happy.
  • adj. Obsolete Made happy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To congratulate.
  • adj. Made very happy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made very happy.
  • transitive v. To make very happy; to delight.
  • transitive v. To express joy or pleasure to; to wish felicity to; to call or consider (one's self) happy; to congratulate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make happy.
  • To congratulate; compliment upon a happy event: as to felicitate a friend on his good fortune.
  • Synonyms Congratulate, Felicitate. See congratulation.
  • Made happy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. express congratulations

Etymologies

Late Latin fēlīcitāre, fēlīcitāt-, to make happy, from fēlīx, fēlīc-, fortunate; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin felicitatus, past participle of fēlīcitō ("to felicitate"), from fēlīx ("happy"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • LATE as Edgar quitted the rectory, he went not straight to Beech Park; every tie both of friendship and propriety carried him first to Dr. Marchmont; who had too much feeling to wonder at the power of his late incitements, and too much goodness of heart not to felicitate hint, upon their issue, though he sighed at the recollection of the disappointments whence his own doubting counsel originated.

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  • When Spanish speakers wish me a happy birthday, they'll often say "felicidades" instead of "feliz cumpleaños."

    November 4, 2011

  • "I saw your e mail address in forwarded page so i decided to extend my felicitations to you. Presently i can not really specify what prompted my drive to write but i did have the mind that you could be a nice person. I have the interest to meet people from out side my continent and felicitate."
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    November 4, 2011

  • Congratulations! Your cat is lost in the art gallery.

    April 27, 2008

  • Remind me to be selective which Nigerians I let congratulate me...

    April 27, 2008

  • "A Nigerian congratulating someone on a success or victory will likely "felicitate" him rather than offer felicitations. Similarly, people are invited to "jubilate," or celebrate, a triumph."
    - International Herald Tribune, "In Nigeria's ornate brand of English, Victorian words dance with African grammar", March 2, 2008

    March 9, 2008