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 workobserve 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
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When you remember something, you are mindful of it. It's appropriate, therefore, that commemorate and other related memory-associated words (including memorable, memorial, remember, and memory itself) come from the Latin root memor, meaning "mindful." English speakers have been marking the memory of important events with commemorate since the late 16th century.
Examples of commemorate in a Sentence
The festival commemorates the town's founding.
The plaque commemorates the battle that took place here 200 years ago.
Each year on this date we commemorate our ancestors with a special ceremony.
Recent Examples on the WebBut museums and awards, which seek to commemorate and memorialize are, in some ways, antithetical to the spirit of Nengudi’s work — at least according to Nengudi.
Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2022 But museums and awards, which seek to commemorate and memorialize are, in some ways, antithetical to the spirit of Nengudi’s work—at least according to Nengudi.
Kelsey Ables, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2022 City Hall in Salt Lake City is illuminated in the colors of the Mexican flag on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, to commemorate the 212th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico and to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 The event is in partnership with Carlsbad’s Sister City, Futtsu, Japan, to commemorate 77 years of peace since the use of an atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan.
Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 The Hosanna School Museum’s Upper Bay Juneteenth Festival will return to an in-person celebration on Saturday for its sixth-annual event to commemorate the end of slavery and celebrate African American history and culture.
Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 14 June 2022 The museum said in its statement that its food service provider uses the food and beverage menu to commemorate and raise awareness of holidays like Juneteenth.
John Tuohy, USA TODAY, 5 June 2022 The museum said in its statement that its food service provider uses the food and beverage menu to commemorate and raise awareness of holidays like Juneteenth.
John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 4 June 2022 Attend a march or protest in your area Events planned to commemorate the Uvalde victims’ lives and protest the ongoing gun violence crisis in the U.S. are taking place everywhere from New York City to Austin this weekend, and beyond.
Emma Specter, Vogue, 27 May 2022 See More
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