- to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities: to celebrate Christmas; to celebrate the success of a new play.
- to make known publicly; proclaim: The newspaper celebrated the end of the war in red headlines.
- to praise widely or to present to widespread and favorable public notice, as through newspapers or novels: a novel celebrating the joys of marriage; the countryside celebrated in the novels of Hardy.
- to perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies; solemnize: to celebrate a marriage.
- to observe a day or commemorate an event with ceremonies or festivities.
- to perform a religious ceremony, especially Mass or the Lord's Supper.
- to have or participate in a party, drinking spree, or uninhibited good time: You look like you were up celebrating all night.
Origin of celebrate
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All colors in the wall except gloomy black; all the music in the major-key, because celebrative and jubilant.New Tabernacle Sermons
Thomas De Witt Talmage
- to rejoice in or have special festivities to mark (a happy day, event, etc)
- (tr) to observe (a birthday, anniversary, etc)she celebrates her ninetieth birthday next month
- (tr) to perform (a solemn or religious ceremony), esp to officiate at (Mass)
- (tr) to praise publicly; proclaim
Word Origin and History for celebrative
mid-15c., originally of the Mass, from Latin celebratus "much-frequented; kept solemn; famous," past participle of celebrare "assemble to honor," also "to publish; sing praises of; practice often," originally "to frequent in great numbers," from celeber "frequented, populous, crowded;" with transferred senses of "well-attended; famous; often-repeated." Related: Celebrated; celebrating.