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.
- cel·e·bra·tive, adjective
- cel·e·bra·tor, cel·e·brat·er, noun
- cel·e·bra·to·ry [sel-uh-bruh-tawr-ee], /ˈsɛl ə brəˌtɔr i/, adjective
- pre·cel·e·brate, verb, pre·cel·e·brat·ed, pre·cel·e·brat·ing.
- re·cel·e·brate, verb, re·cel·e·brat·ed, re·cel·e·brat·ing.
- un·cel·e·brat·ing, adjective
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How to use celebrate in a sentence
The family visited the club in April to celebrate Passover, a period that overlaps with several of the largest Secret Service charges.Trump’s businesses charged Secret Service more than $1.1 million, including for rooms in club shuttered for pandemic | David Fahrenthold, Josh Dawsey | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
As the pandemic stretches into the North American autumn, some are determined to not let it ruin Halloween—even though celebrating the holiday might come with risk.Zoom parties, throwing candy: How Halloween might happen during Covid-19 | Alexandra Ossola | September 17, 2020 | Quartz
Bernard Tyson, the celebrated former CEO of Kaiser Permanente who passed this past November, was one of the most influential health care leaders of his generation.Bernard Tyson’s profound impact continues even after his death—through a new social investment fund | cleaf2013 | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
The Capital Pride Alliance is hosting its first completely virtual Pride Stride, a nationwide event to celebrate National Coming Out Day.
To celebrate LGBT History Month, HBO Max is releasing the four-part docuseries “Equal.”
Rashad was there to celebrate the release of the Civil Rights drama Selma.
That would truly be a milestone to celebrate—until you see what that record “diversity” actually means.
How do you celebrate when happy occasions are colored by loss and absence?
He was told he could go back home to his house arrest to celebrate the New Year with his wife and their two children.
To celebrate the year, here are the top 10 anti-science salvos of 2014.
They were just about to celebrate tabagie, or a solemn feast, over his last farewell.
Besides, these are only a few intimate friends who have assembled to celebrate my daughter's fte-day.
All were there to celebrate the birth of the New Year, and to "play the game," however chastened they might feel on the morrow.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
As we are then about to celebrate the purification, we have written unto you: and you shall do well, if you keep the same days.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Couldn't you smoke it now, and then we'd go out next week and celebrate your recovery.
British Dictionary definitions for celebrate
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
- celebration, noun
- celebrative, adjective
- celebrator, noun
- celebratory, adjective
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