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

Last evening at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto, the glitzy Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFAs) gala celebrated the best of Canadian fashion. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Oh, Canada! Inside the Glitzy Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards," 31 May 2019 The term has become so popular, that Cardi even had an entire Pepsi Super Bowl Ad celebrating it. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'MasterChef' Star Gordon Ramsay Is Getting SERVED Right Now Over Cardi B Tweet," 30 May 2019 Back in 2017, the zipline attraction was open for tourists and locals for an entire week celebrating the French Open. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Zipline Off of the Eiffel Tower From 377 Feet in the Air," 29 May 2019 William went in for a big hug as the two friends smiled hard, jumped up and down, and threw their hands in the air while celebrating the big win. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Epic Reaction to His Favorite Soccer Team Winning Is the Meme That Keeps on Giving," 28 May 2019 The end of the school year is a time to look back and celebrate accomplishments. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 of 2019's Biggest and Best Perfect Attendance Rewards for Students," 26 May 2019 Dame Judi Dench made a stop at the Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden, which celebrates a century of Montessori in the United Kingdom. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The Top 5 Takeaways from the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show," 23 May 2019 As the Moravian communities spread around the world, the sunrise service came with them, and soon Protestant churches celebrated it as well. Morin Bishop, Woman's Day, "What’s an Easter Sunrise Service? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 22 Mar. 2019 The new ink wasn't the only way that Kylie and Travis celebrated the rapper’s 28th birthday. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Gave Travis Scott a Tattoo at His Birthday Party," 5 May 2019

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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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More Definitions for celebrate

celebrate

verb

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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