Celebrate 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

From even unto even shall ye celebrate your Sabbath. --Lev. xxiii. 32. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

We are called upon to commemorate a revolution as surprising in its manner as happy in its consequences. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

Earth, water, air, and fire, with feeling glee, Exult to celebrate thy festival. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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