celebrate

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verb cel·e·brate \ˈse-lə-ˌbrāt\

Definition of celebrate

celebrated

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celebrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to perform (a sacrament or solemn ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites A priest celebrates Mass.

  3. 2a :  to honor (as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business The nation celebrates Memorial Day.b :  to mark (as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine celebrated their 25th anniversary

  4. 3 :  to hold up or play up for public notice her poetry celebrates the glory of nature

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to observe a holiday, perform a religious ceremony, or take part in a festival The holiday revelers celebrated all day long.

  7. 2 :  to observe a notable occasion with festivities decided the only way to celebrate was to have a party

celebration

play \ˌse-lə-ˈbrā-shən\ noun

celebrative

play \ˈse-lə-ˌbrā-tiv\ adjective

celebrator

play \-tər\ noun

celebratory

play \-brə-ˌtȯr-ē, ˌse-lə-ˈbrā-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of celebrate in a sentence

  1. We are celebrating my birthday by going out to dinner.

  2. The family gathered to celebrate Christmas.

  3. We are celebrating our anniversary next week.

  4. They are celebrating the birth of their third child.

  5. The book celebrates the movies of the past.

  6. Her lecture celebrated the genius of the artist.

  7. He is celebrated for his contributions to modern science.

  8. A priest celebrates Mass at the church daily.

Origin and Etymology of celebrate

Middle English, from Latin celebratus, past participle of celebrare to frequent, celebrate, from celebr-, celeber much frequented, famous; perhaps akin to Latin celer


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of 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.

CELEBRATE Defined for English Language Learners

celebrate

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verb cel·e·brate \ˈse-lə-ˌbrāt\

Definition of celebrate for English Language Learners

  • : to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc.

  • : to praise (someone or something) : to say that (someone or something) is great or important

  • : to perform (a religious ceremony)


CELEBRATE Defined for Kids

celebrate

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verb cel·e·brate \ˈse-lə-ˌbrāt\

Definition of celebrate for Students

celebrated

;

celebrating

  1. 1 :  to observe (a holiday or important occasion) in some special way

  2. 2 :  to perform (a religious ceremony)

  3. 3 :  1praise 1 We should celebrate the freedoms we have.



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