Synonyms & Antonyms of celebrate

1 to proclaim the glory of
  • a personal essay that celebrates the single life

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2 to mark with an appropriate practice, rite, or ceremony
  • a mixed family that celebrates both the Christian and Jewish religious holidays

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Frequently Asked Questions About celebrate

How is the word celebrate different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of celebrate are commemorate, keep, and observe. While all these words mean "to notice or honor a day, occasion, or deed," celebrate suggests acknowledging an occasion by festivity.

traditionally celebrates Thanksgiving with a huge dinner

In what contexts can commemorate take the place of celebrate?

The synonyms commemorate and celebrate are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

When might keep be a better fit than celebrate?

The words keep and celebrate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, keep stresses the idea of not neglecting or violating.

kept the Sabbath by refraining from work

When is observe a more appropriate choice than celebrate?

The words observe and celebrate can be used in similar contexts, but observe suggests marking the occasion by ceremonious performance.

not all holidays are observed nationally

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

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“Celebrate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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