- 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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Examples from the Web for celebrate
Rashad was there to celebrate the release of the Civil Rights drama Selma.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
That would truly be a milestone to celebrate—until you see what that record “diversity” actually means.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
How do you celebrate when happy occasions are colored by loss and absence?Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
He was told he could go back home to his house arrest to celebrate the New Year with his wife and their two children.Russia’s Rebel In Chief Escapes House Arrest
December 30, 2014
To celebrate the year, here are the top 10 anti-science salvos of 2014.2014: Revenge of the Creationists
Karl W. Giberson
December 27, 2014
On the 24th of May we determined to celebrate the Queen's birthday.Explorations in Australia
The American people have summoned the change we celebrate today.
Eight years from now America will celebrate its 200th anniversary as a nation.
In the orderly transfer of power, we celebrate the unity that keeps us free.
When the game was over, he bought drinks to celebrate his victory.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- 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 celebrate
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.