celebrate

verb
cel·​e·​brate | \ ˈse-lə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce celebrate (audio) \
celebrated; celebrating

Definition of celebrate

transitive verb

1 : to perform (a sacrament or solemn ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites A priest celebrates Mass.
2a : to honor (an occasion, such as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business The nation celebrates Memorial Day.
b : to mark (something, such as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine celebrated their 25th anniversary
3 : to hold up or play up for public notice her poetry celebrates the glory of nature

intransitive verb

1 : to observe a holiday, perform a religious ceremony, or take part in a festival The holiday revelers celebrated all day long.
2 : to observe a notable occasion with festivities decided the only way to celebrate was to have a party

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Other Words from celebrate

celebration \ ˌse-​lə-​ˈbrā-​shən How to pronounce celebration (audio) \ noun
celebrative \ ˈse-​lə-​ˌbrā-​tiv How to pronounce celebrative (audio) \ adjective
celebrator \ ˈse-​lə-​ˌbrā-​tər How to pronounce celebrator (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for celebrate

keep, observe, celebrate, commemorate mean to notice or honor a day, occasion, or deed. keep stresses the idea of not neglecting or violating. kept the Sabbath by refraining from work observe suggests marking the occasion by ceremonious performance. not all holidays are observed nationally celebrate suggests acknowledging an occasion by festivity. traditionally celebrates Thanksgiving with a huge dinner commemorate suggests that an occasion is marked by observances that remind one of the origin and significance of the event. commemorate Memorial Day with the laying of wreaths

Examples of celebrate in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web There is much to celebrate, but more than just family, food, flags and fireworks, this Fourth of July is also, for many, a moment of introspection and reflection. Indystar, The Indianapolis Star, "Fourth of July: If you could give America one thing for its birthday, what would it be?," 5 July 2020 As the country has debated what to do about monuments that celebrate Confederate generals and slaveowners, Mr. Trump emphasized his administration will protect those monuments. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Trump uses July 4 speech to defend "American heroes," attack China and the media," 4 July 2020 Levin’s open: Just in time to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary, Levin Furniture, 1801 Nagel Road, has reopened. cleveland, "Lorain County Metro Parks offers virtual races: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 3 July 2020 Here are more ways to celebrate July's First Friday without leaving the house. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "July's First Friday in Phoenix: Here's how to join events and see exhibits online," 3 July 2020 And if ever there was a time to celebrate the folks who have to clock in as essential workers, this is it. oregonlive, "Missing your co-workers? 14 TV workplace comedies to watch while staying home," 2 July 2020 Linda Infante Lyons will create a new body of work featuring paintings that celebrate the strength and spiritual power of contemporary rural Alaska Native youth by incorporating sacred elements from Sugpiaq, or Alutiiq, and Russian traditions. Danielle Duclos, Anchorage Daily News, "Rasmuson Foundation announces 2020 award winners, gives top honor to Tlingit carver Wayne Price," 2 July 2020 The vote follows a nationwide movement calling for the removal of monuments that celebrate the Confederacy or viewed as racist. Taylor Romine, CNN, "Boston to remove statue depicting freed slave kneeling before President Lincoln," 1 July 2020 Fox Nation is an entertaining streaming service featuring your favorite Fox News personalities, with original shows and documentaries that celebrate America. Fox News, "Chad Daybell predicted wife's death three years before it happened, former friend tells Nancy Grace," 30 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'celebrate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of celebrate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for celebrate

Middle English celebraten, borrowed from Latin celebrātus, past participle of celebrāre "to throng, frequent, observe (an occasion, festivity), praise" (probably originally back-formation from earlier concelebrāre "to frequent, honor"), derivative of celebr-, celeber "much used, frequented, widely known, famed," probably going back to *kelesri-, of uncertain origin

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The first known use of celebrate was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

13 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Celebrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrate. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for celebrate

celebrate

verb
How to pronounce celebrate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of celebrate

: to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc.
formal : to praise (someone or something) : to say that (someone or something) is great or important
formal : to perform (a religious ceremony)

celebrate

verb
cel·​e·​brate | \ ˈse-lə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce celebrate (audio) \
celebrated; celebrating

Kids Definition of celebrate

1 : to observe (a holiday or important occasion) in some special way
2 : to perform (a religious ceremony)
3 : praise entry 1 sense 1 We should celebrate the freedoms we have.

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