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celebrate

[ sel-uh-breyt ]
/ 藞s蓻l 蓹藢bre瑟t /
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Definition of celebrate

verb (used with object), cel路e路brat路ed, cel路e路brat路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), cel路e路brat路ed, cel路e路brat路ing.
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Origin of celebrate

First recorded in 1425鈥75; late Middle English, from Latin celebr膩tus, past participle of celebr膩re 鈥渢o solemnize, celebrate, honor,鈥 equivalent to celebr- (stem of celeber ) 鈥渙ften repeated, famous鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM celebrate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH celebrate

celebrate , celibate, cerebrate
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How to use celebrate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for celebrate

celebrate
/ (藞s蓻l瑟藢bre瑟t) /

verb
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

Derived forms of celebrate

celebration, nouncelebrative, adjectivecelebrator, nouncelebratory, adjective

Word Origin for celebrate

C15: from Latin celebr膩re, from celeber numerous, thronged, renowned
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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