[ sel-uh-breyt ]
/ ˈsɛl əˌbreɪt /
verb (used with object), cel·e·brat·ed, cel·e·brat·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·e·brat·ed, cel·e·brat·ing.
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.
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Origin of celebrate
First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Latin celebrātus, past participle of celebrāre “to solemnize, celebrate, honor,” equivalent to celebr- (stem of celeber ) “often repeated, famous” + -ātus past participle suffix; see -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM celebrate
cel·e·bra·tive, adjectivecel·e·bra·tor, cel·e·brat·er, nouncel·e·bra·to·ry [sel-uh-bruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, suh-leb-ruh-], /ˈsɛl ə brəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, səˈlɛb rə-/, adjectivepre·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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British Dictionary definitions for celebrate
/ (ˈsɛlɪˌbreɪt) /
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 celebratecelebration, nouncelebrative, adjectivecelebrator, nouncelebratory, adjective
Word Origin for celebrate
C15: from Latin celebrāre, from celeber numerous, thronged, renowned
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