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 Small Business Saturday is an annual holiday that celebrates small business and encourages customers to shop locally. Editors, USA TODAY, "London's investigation, Small Business Saturday, college football rivalry games: 5 things to know this weekend," 30 Nov. 2019 The parade, which takes place at noon both Saturday and Sunday, is just one of the many events at the festival that celebrates food, fashion, poetry, art and entertainment from around the world, all of which can all be found right here. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "In 2nd year, free FusionFest parades Orlando’s diversity through downtown," 28 Nov. 2019 Here are his 15 delicious gift ideas that celebrate Oregon flavors. oregonlive, "The Oregonian/OregonLive’s 2019 holiday gift guide," 28 Nov. 2019 First, to begin a week that celebrates gratitude, a moment on one of its companion attributes: humility. The Christian Science Monitor, "novel view of the Sixth Commandment," 27 Nov. 2019 The Wonderfully Made Christmas Bazaar is an annual city-wide event held at Cornerstone Church that celebrates the uniqueness of the local Alaskan artist community. Anchorage Daily News, "2019 Holiday Fairs and Bazaars," 27 Nov. 2019 The spirit of giving came just as Lime reached its one-millionth ride in Ohio, giving the company twice the reason to celebrate. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Lime scooters give back: Bethany House Services to benefit from rounded up change from riders," 26 Nov. 2019 President Trump signed a bill on Monday that celebrates women's right to vote. CBS News, "Trump signs bill to honor women's suffrage," 25 Nov. 2019 See below for more covers that celebrate the art world. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Kadir Nelson’s “Art Connoisseurs”," 25 Nov. 2019

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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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Celebrate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrates. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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