Definitions for: Celebrate

[v] assign great social importance to; "The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood"; "The tenor was lionized in Vienna"
[v] have a celebration; "They were feting the patriarch of the family"; "After the exam, the students were celebrating"
[v] celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cel"e*brate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Celebrated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Celebrating.] [L. celebratus, p. p. of
celebrare to frequent, to celebrate, fr. celeber famous.]
1. To extol or honor in a solemn manner; as, to celebrate the
name of the Most High.

2. To honor by solemn rites, by ceremonies of joy and
respect, or by refraining from ordinary business; to
observe duly; to keep; as, to celebrate a birthday.

From even unto even shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.
--Lev. xxiii.

3. To perform or participate in, as a sacrament or solemn
rite; to solemnize; to perform with appropriate rites; as,
to celebrate a marriage.

Syn: To commemorate; distinguish; honor.

Usage: To Celebrate, Commemorate. We commemorate events
which we desire to keep in remembrance, when we recall
them by some special observace; as, to commemorate the
death of our Savior. We celebrate by demonstrations of
joy or solemnity or by appropriate ceremonies; as, to
celebrate the birthday of our Independence.

We are called upon to commemorate a revolution
as surprising in its manner as happy in its
consequences. --Atterbury.

Earth, water, air, and fire, with feeling glee,
Exult to celebrate thy festival. --Thomson.

Synonyms: fete, keep, lionise, lionize

See Also: abide by, commemorate, get together, honor, honour, jollify, jubilate, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, mark, meet, mourn, observe, party, racket, receive, respect, revel, solemnise, solemnize, wassail, whoop it up

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