WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 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.
- [~ + object] to make known publicly;
proclaim: His book celebrates the joys of growing up in Connecticut.
- [~ + 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•tor, cel•e•brat•er, n. [countable]
- to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities:to celebrate Christmas; to celebrate the success of a new play.
- to make known publicly; proclaim:The newspaper celebrated the end of the war in red headlines.
- 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.
- to perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies;
solemnize:to celebrate a marriage.
- to observe a day or commemorate an event with ceremonies or festivities.
- Religionto perform a religious ceremony, esp. Mass or the Lord's Supper.
- to have or participate in a party, drinking spree, or uninhibited good time:You look like you were up celebrating all night.
cel′e•bra′tor, cel′e•brat′er, n.
- 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.