- To celebrate is to engage in a joyous and often social activity or event, usually in honor of some specific event or achievement.
An example of celebrate is when you throw a party because of a graduation.
A group of people celebrating an occasion with glasses of champagne.
transitive verbcelebrated, celebrating
- to perform (a ritual, ceremony, etc.) publicly and formally: solemnize
- to commemorate (an anniversary, holiday, etc.) with ceremony or festivity
- to honor or praise publicly
- to mark (a happy occasion) by engaging in some pleasurable activity
Origin of celebrateMiddle English celebraten ; from Classical Latin celebratus, past participle of celebrare, to frequent, go in great numbers, honor ; from celeber, frequented, populous; akin to celer, swift: see hold
- to observe a holiday, anniversary, etc. with festivities
- to perform a religious ceremony
- to mark a happy occasion by engaging in some pleasurable activity
verbcel·e·brat·ed, cel·e·brat·ing, cel·e·brates
- To observe (a day or event) with ceremonies of respect, festivity, or rejoicing. See Synonyms at observe.
- To perform (a religious ceremony): celebrate Mass.
- To extol or praise: a sonnet that celebrates love.
- To make widely known; display: “a determination on the author's part to celebrate &ellipsis; the offenses of another” (William H. Pritchard).
- To observe an occasion with appropriate ceremony or festivity.
- To perform a religious ceremony.
- To engage in festivities: went out and celebrated after the victory.
Origin of celebrateMiddle English celebraten, from Latin celebrāre, celebrāt-, to frequent, celebrate, from celeber, celebr-, frequented, famous.
(third-person singular simple present celebrates, present participle celebrating, simple past and past participle celebrated)
- To extol or honour in a solemn manner.
- to celebrate the name of the Most High
- To honour by rites, by ceremonies of joy and respect, or by refraining from ordinary business; to observe duly; to keep.
- to celebrate a birthday
- (intransitive) To engage in joyful activity in appreciation of an event.
- I was promoted today at work—let’s celebrate!
- To perform or participate in, as a sacrament or solemn rite; to solemnize; to perform with appropriate rites.
- to celebrate a marriage
In sense “to conduct ceremonies, to follow a custom”, generally used of festive occasions, such as Christmas and birthdays. For more solemn occasions, particularly certain religious holidays (“holy days”) and commemorations, the term observe is used instead, as in “This office will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.”
From Latin celebratus, pp. of celebrare (“frequent, go to in great numbers, celebrate, honor, praise”), from celeber (“frequented, populous”).