WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
cel•e•bra•to•ry /ˈsɛləbrəˌtɔri/USA pronunciation  adj. [before a noun]
  • planned in order to celebrate:a celebratory birthday dinner.

  • 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.

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