celebrate
verb (-brated; -brating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin celebratus, past participle of celebrare to frequent, celebrate, from celebr-, celeber much frequented, famous; perhaps akin to Latin celer Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to perform (a sacrament or solemn ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites <
celebrate the mass
>
2. a. to honor (as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business b. to mark (as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine 3. to hold up or play up for public notice <
her poetry celebrates the glory of nature
>
intransitive verb 1. to observe a holiday, perform a religious ceremony, or take part in a festival 2. to observe a notable occasion with festivities Synonyms: see keepcelebration nouncelebrative adjectivecelebrator nouncelebratory adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • celebrate — [sel′ə brāt΄] vt. celebrated, celebrating [ME celebraten < L celebratus, pp. of celebrare, to frequent, go in great numbers, honor < celeber, frequented, populous; akin to celer, swift: see HOLD1] 1. to perform (a ritual, ceremony, etc.)… …   English World dictionary

  • celebrate — index carouse, honor, keep (fulfill), recommend Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • celebrate — (v.) mid 15c., from L. celebratus much frequented; kept solemn; famous, pp. of celebrare assemble to honor, also to publish; sing praises of; practice often, originally to frequent in great numbers, from celeber frequented, populous, crowded;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • celebrate — commemorate, solemnize, observe, *keep …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • celebrate — [v] commemorate occasion, achievement beat the drum*, bless, blow off steam*, carouse, ceremonialize, commend, consecrate, dedicate, drink to, eulogize, exalt, extol, feast, fete, glorify, hallow, have a ball*, honor, jubilate, keep, kick up… …   New thesaurus

  • celebrate — ► VERB 1) mark (a significant occasion) with an enjoyable activity. 2) engage in festivities to mark a significant occasion. 3) honour or praise publicly. 4) perform (a religious ceremony), in particular officiate at (the Eucharist). DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • celebrate — cel|e|brate W3 [ˈselıbreıt] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of celebrare to visit often, celebrate , from celeber often visited, famous ] 1.) [I and T] to show that an event or occasion is important by doing something… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • celebrate — celebrative, adj. celebrator, celebrater, n. celebratory /sel euh breuh tawr ee, tohr ee, seuh leb reuh /, adj. /sel euh brayt /, v., celebrated, celebrating. v.t. 1. to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities: to …   Universalium

  • celebrate — 01. We are going to have a big party tonight to [celebrate] the end of classes. 02. My parents [celebrated] their 50th wedding anniversary last year. 03. The [celebration] at the end of term lasted all night. 04. The students shared a… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • celebrate */*/*/ — UK [ˈseləˌbreɪt] / US verb Word forms celebrate : present tense I/you/we/they celebrate he/she/it celebrates present participle celebrating past tense celebrated past participle celebrated 1) [intransitive/transitive] to do something enjoyable in …   English dictionary

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