- 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.
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- 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: Middle English celebraten ; from Classical Latin celebratus, past participle of celebrare, to frequent, go inch(es) 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
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verb cel·e·brat·ed, cel·e·brat·ing, cel·e·brates verb, transitive
- 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 . . . 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: Middle English celebraten, from Latin celebrāre, celebrāt-, to frequent, celebrate, from celeber, celebr-, frequented, famous.
- celˌe·braˈtion noun
- celˈe·braˌtor noun
- celˈe·bra·toˌry adjective