Essential Meaning of celebrate
1 : to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc. We are celebrating my birthday by going out to dinner. The family gathered to celebrate Christmas. See More ExamplesWe are celebrating our anniversary next week. They are celebrating the birth of their third child. We won! Let's celebrate!
2 formal : to praise (someone or something) : to say that (someone or something) is great or important The book celebrates the movies of the past. Her lecture celebrated the genius of the artist. See More ExamplesWe should celebrate diversity. He is celebrated for his contributions to modern science.
3 formal : to perform (a religious ceremony) A priest celebrates Mass at the church daily.
Full Definition of celebrate
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
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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