WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
cel•e•brate /ˈsɛləˌbreɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  -brat•ed, -brat•ing. 
  1. to show that (a day) is special by having ceremonies, parties, or other festivities: [+ object]to celebrate Christmas.[no object]We decided not to celebrate too much this year.
  2. [+ object] to make known publicly;
    praise widely;
    proclaim: His book celebrates the joys of growing up in Connecticut.
  3. [+ object] to perform (a religious ceremony) with appropriate prayers, actions, gestures, and ceremonies;
    make holy or blessed: The Pope celebrated Communion on Easter.
cel•e•bra•tive, adj. 
cel•e•bra•tor, cel•e•brat•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cel•e•brate  (selə brāt′),USA pronunciation v.,  -brat•ed, -brat•ing. 
v.t. 
  1. to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities:to celebrate Christmas; to celebrate the success of a new play.
  2. to make known publicly; proclaim:The newspaper celebrated the end of the war in red headlines.
  3. 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.
  4. to perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies;
    solemnize:to celebrate a marriage.

v.i. 
  1. to observe a day or commemorate an event with ceremonies or festivities.
  2. Religionto perform a religious ceremony, esp. Mass or the Lord's Supper.
  3. to have or participate in a party, drinking spree, or uninhibited good time:You look like you were up celebrating all night.
cele•bra′tive, adj. 
cele•bra′tor, cele•brat′er, n. 
cel•e•bra•to•ry  (selə brə tôr′ē, -tōr′ē, sə lebrə-),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Latin celebrātus past participle of celebrāre to solemnize, celebrate, honor, equivalent. to celebr- (stem of celeber) often repeated, famous + -ātus -ate1
  • late Middle English 1425–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged honor, solemnize.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged laud, glorify, honor, applaud, commend.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

celebrate /ˈsɛlɪˌbreɪt/ vb
  1. to rejoice in or have special festivities to mark (a happy day, event, etc)
  2. (transitive) to observe (a birthday, anniversary, etc)
  3. (transitive) to perform (a solemn or religious ceremony), esp to officiate at (Mass)
  4. (transitive) to praise publicly; proclaim
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin celebrāre, from celeber numerous, thronged, renowned

ˌceleˈbration n ˈceleˌbrator n ˈceleˌbratory adj



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Collocations: celebrate [Christmas, Halloween, Hanukkah], celebrate her [birthday, their accomplishments], celebrate the [victory, win], more...

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