: to perform (a sacrament or solemn ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites
A priest celebrates Mass.
: to honor (an occasion, such as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business
The nation celebrates Memorial Day.
: to mark (something, such as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine
celebrated their 25th anniversary
: to hold up or play up for public notice
her poetry celebrates the glory of nature
: to observe a holiday, perform a religious ceremony, or take part in a festival
The holiday revelers celebrated all day long.
: to observe a notable occasion with festivities
decided the only way to celebrate was to have a party
We are celebrating my birthday by going out to dinner. The family gathered to celebrate Christmas. We are celebrating our anniversary next week. They are celebrating the birth of their third child. The book celebrates the movies of the past. Her lecture celebrated the genius of the artist. He is celebrated for his contributions to modern science. A priest celebrates Mass at the church daily. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Harry attended his father's coronation earlier this month while Meghan stayed home in part to celebrate Archie's fourth birthday, which was the same day. —Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 18 May 2023 The twosome celebrated another anniversary of the fourth hour segment on April 7. —Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2023 The series of snaps featured Sascha with her parents, friends and little brothers Shepherd, 17, and Julian, 20. 07 Paris Brosnan Pierce Brosnan celebrated his son's major achievement on Instagram. —Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 To set the interior apart from the production version, there are two plaques in the Urus SCV12, one that celebrates Lamborghini's 60th birthday and one with the owner's name. —Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 17 May 2023 Blumenthal was striding through the corridors of the capital with the assistance of a cane after falling at a parade celebrating the University of Connecticut winning the national championship in basketball. —Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2023 Kelly is not a firebrand, not a pitcher who barks at umpires or leaps off the mound to celebrate strikeouts. —Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2023 Historic additions to teenage boys’ spank banks are to be celebrated! —Vulture, 15 May 2023 Twenty-six cultures that call Skokie home will be celebrated at the 31st Annual Skokie Festival of Cultures, May 20 and 21 at Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie. —Myrna Petlicki, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2023 See More
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