Definition of celebrate in US English:

celebrate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity.

    ‘they were celebrating their wedding anniversary at a restaurant’
    no object ‘she celebrated with a glass of champagne’
    • ‘If Saturday night was any indication, it would appear that the parishioners of St Paul Lutheran Church in Steinbach know a thing or two about celebrating a centennial birthday.’
    • ‘Birthdays and anniversaries are celebrated grandly; sometimes the stars are even gifted with crowns or other expensive items.’
    • ‘Happy anniversary to Leo and Kitty Burke, who celebrated their special day recently.’
    • ‘If I win I will celebrate in style, with copious amounts of champagne.’
    • ‘Dartford Museum is celebrating the centenary of the Wright brothers' first powered flight with a display.’
    • ‘She is planning a formal wedding and reception to celebrate the happy event.’
    • ‘Afterwards the wedding party celebrated the great day at the Seven Oaks, Carlow.’
    • ‘Teachers from Banglamung district, VIPs and over 2,000 people from the general public gathered to celebrate this special day.’
    • ‘People were still celebrating yesterday in other parts of the Dales, too.’
    • ‘No one knows exactly when the tradition got started in St Lucia but the event is celebrated with gusto and much frivolity with activities lasting up to a week.’
    • ‘Asked how he would be celebrating his honour he said: ‘I might have a pint.’’
    • ‘A group of young friends are reaching the end of Year 10 and want to celebrate with gusto.’
    • ‘David celebrated on Good Friday last, with a party enjoyed by all in attendance.’
    • ‘A North Yorkshire equality campaigner is celebrating a landmark victory in the House of Commons which will enable men over 60 to claim free bus travel.’
    • ‘Students and teachers from Annandale North Public School are celebrating the end of a four-year battle to extend their playground.’
    • ‘For all you fellow bloggers and visitors out there who celebrate Valentine's Day, here's wishing you an enjoyable one tomorrow.’
    • ‘Bastille Day is the national holiday in France, celebrated annually on July 14.’
    • ‘For their part, the Central Festival Center organized music shows, dance demonstrations and a whole day of fun activities to celebrate the historic event.’
    • ‘‘The radio link will allow women on the outer islands to report on their activities to celebrate the day,’ says Teao.’
    • ‘The university community is invited to three public events to celebrate the occasion.’
    • ‘Communities across Australia will be celebrating the event with tree planting activities to green up Australia.’
    • ‘Last week I was due to celebrate our wedding anniversary in Venice.’
    • ‘A Mayo couple recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a special get-together in England.’
    • ‘Brigid was given a surprise party to celebrate her big day.’
    • ‘A husband and wife are celebrating the dubious honour of being crowned Yorkshire's most unromantic couple.’
    • ‘Staff at the Fat Cat are planning to hold a party to celebrate their success and plan to get ‘very merry’.’
    • ‘The study doesn't mention all the cakes people eat to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, engagements and to mark the departure of a colleague.’
    • ‘To make the staff feel at home, she frequently organises fares to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries of staff families.’
    • ‘To be fair, the place is regularly filled with people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries and weddings and the like.’
    • ‘The occasion is still celebrated as a national holiday with parades and festivals.’
    • ‘To celebrate the occasion the happy couple renewed their wedding vows and enjoyed the celebrations with their family and close friends in the Waterford Manor Hotel.’
    • ‘Have servers ask as a matter of course whether anyone at the table is celebrating a birthday, anniversary or promotion.’
    • ‘Oak, rowan and birch trees can be bought in memory of a loved one or to celebrate an anniversary or birthday.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, the family still gather every year to celebrate Mum's wedding anniversary.’
    • ‘Families around us celebrated birthdays and anniversaries while a jazz quartet - albeit one infused with a Latin beat - played in the background.’
    • ‘Tennis fans were today celebrating a major victory in their fight to secure a new tennis centre for York.’
    • ‘Two of her nieces attended the party to help celebrate her special day.’
    • ‘They have helped to celebrate the birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings of countless people across York.’
    • ‘It's her birthday on Sunday but because she is being whisked away for a romantic mini break, we shall gather the troops to celebrate her happy day next week.’
    • ‘Many happy returns to Margaret and Pat James Duffy who are celebrating their wedding anniversary on Friday June 6th.’
    commemorate, observe, honour, mark, salute, recognize, acknowledge, remember, memorialize, keep, drink to, toast, drink a toast to
    enjoy oneself, make merry, have fun, have a good time, have a wild time, rave, party, have a party, eat, drink, and be merry, revel, roister, carouse, kill the fatted calf, put the flag out, put the flags out
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    1. 1.1 Reach (a birthday or anniversary).
      • ‘Maestro Camplin was especially charming about halfway through the evening, when he asked if anyone in the audience was celebrating a birthday.’
      • ‘It represents an early birthday present for the £900m shopping mall, which celebrates its fifth anniversary next month.’
      • ‘It's also the choice of our sister-in-law, who's celebrating a birthday, and the choice of several other women who'll be in the audience.’
      • ‘A primary school pupil celebrating his seventh birthday was due to unveil a £151,000 revamp at a Melksham supermarket.’
      • ‘A Lisselton woman celebrates a birthday with a difference this Tuesday as she reaches the magical 100 mark.’
      • ‘Carlow College of Music, under its Director of Music, Majella Swan, B.Mus, H. Dip, in Ed., is celebrating its tenth birthday.’
      • ‘Speaking of sound engineers (and, indeed, of sound men), a gentleman of the Australian nation is celebrating his fortieth birthday today.’
      • ‘If your pampered poodle is celebrating a birthday you can also pick up a Dogsters frozen ‘special occasion cake.’’
      • ‘Les, Robyn, and Steve are all celebrating birthdays this weekend.’
      • ‘A number of centenarians celebrated their birthdays earlier this year.’
      • ‘Today my sister Rufie is celebrating her birthday.’
      • ‘He celebrated his birthday on Monday, the anniversary of the infamous 1963 robbery.’
      • ‘Also celebrating his birthday on Saturday, September 17, was Michael Kiely, Waterford, who turned the big 40 at the weekend.’
      • ‘Mr Clinton was delighted to hear that Orla will be celebrating her tenth birthday on the tenth anniversary of the first IRA ceasefire next week.’
      • ‘Damien is also celebrating his birthday today.’
      • ‘The school - which has just celebrated its centenary - is owned by the Licensed Trade Charity.’
      • ‘Also celebrating her birthday is Kate O'Neill, Avondale, Waterford, who reached her latest milestone on Tuesday, September 13.’
      • ‘The Platinum clubhouse is celebrating its third birthday this month.’
      • ‘Fibbers, the York live music café bar in Stonebow, is celebrating its tenth birthday this weekend; but why is it called Fibbers?’
      • ‘Orkney's oldest resident celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, reaching the grand old age of 103.’
      herald, signal, announce, proclaim, usher in, introduce, launch, mark, signify, indicate, give notice of
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  • 2Perform (a religious ceremony) publicly and duly, in particular officiate at (the Eucharist)

    ‘he celebrated holy communion’
    • ‘Fr. Colm Burke celebrated the Requiem Mass and Eddie was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.’
    • ‘Father Purcell celebrated the Requiem Mass in Dunhill Church and the soloist was Margaret Moore.’
    • ‘If you have a child for Baptism you are asked to give two weeks' notice so the Baptismal team and the priest scheduled to celebrate the ceremony may arrange to visit you.’
    • ‘Mass will celebrated for the repose of his soul in Castlebar at a later date.’
    • ‘Requiem Mass was celebrated for the repose of his soul on Monday in Meelick Church.’
    • ‘The Pope said Catholic priests were forbidden to celebrate Eucharistic liturgies with Protestant ministers.’
    • ‘Fr. Peter Gannon celebrated the Mass and officiated at the ceremony.’
    • ‘Grange priest Father Christy McHugh celebrated Mass at Staid Abbey for the first time in over 400 years.’
    • ‘James Conor Coleman, Cross, Edmondstown recently celebrated the sacrament of Baptism in Monasteraden.’
    • ‘It was the first time the enrolment ceremony for these Sacraments was celebrated within the Mass.’
    • ‘In the early Church, as in the Synagogue, the altar was a sacred table upon which were placed the books and instruments used to celebrate the Eucharistic sacrament, or Mass.’
    • ‘The following day Fr. Shanahan celebrated Requiem Mass and he was assisted by Fr. Crowley.’
    • ‘Travers celebrated the Requiem Mass and delivered a lovely ceremony celebrating the life of Dessie and referring to his special love for music and life.’
    • ‘Fr. John O'Gorman celebrated the Requiem Mass for the late Jack Curran in Newcastle Church near Athenry last Thursday.’
    • ‘In my early years I was puzzled by the fact that a priest from a neighboring men's cloister came to celebrate the liturgy exclusively for women.’
    • ‘That would see ordained lay deacons performing most of the functions of a priest, apart from celebrating the Eucharist.’
    • ‘If the weather is unsuitable, the Mass will be celebrated in the church.’
    • ‘A Latin Mass in the old Rite was celebrated by Fr. Robert Ruttledge in Rathduff Church on Sunday evening last.’
    • ‘Clonaghadoo's annual cemetery Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, July 4th at 4pm.’
    • ‘Fr Paul also celebrated his Requiem Mass where he paid tributes to Larry.’
    perform, observe, officiate at, preside at, solemnize, ceremonialize
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  • 3Honor or praise publicly.

    ‘a film celebrating the actor's career’
    • ‘‘It is to inspire an interest and love of international cinema and to celebrate the art of film,’ she said.’
    • ‘Those honoured include celebrated benefactor John Harrison, brewer Joshua Tetley and cricket legend Sir Leonard Hutton.’
    • ‘Mostly the film celebrates friendship and enjoying life (which seems to be having friends, sex, food and wine), though it's not as hedonistic as it sounds.’
    • ‘"Natural Forms" is a fascinating exhibition celebrating nature in its lyrical diversity.’
    • ‘One is a film that celebrates the wholesome things in American life: men on horseback, women weaving tapestries, oil well firefighters in Texas.’
    • ‘Four categories have been created to make sure that all elements of community work are celebrated, with honours being handed out to those champions who have gone the extra mile for the sake of creating a better way of life.’
    • ‘The media across the Islamic Arab world have endorsed that promise, praised the film, and celebrated its new life in the United States.’
    • ‘Her own marriage, to celebrated New Yorker film reviewer Anthony Lane, could not survive without it.’
    • ‘Yet the film celebrates the idea that if you have the will and tenacity, you can come through hard times, and that there's no need to depend on the federal government to save you.’
    • ‘Those leaders now perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity are celebrated and honoured.’
    • ‘Whilst both books should be celebrated and praised as artistic successes, it is Brite's novel which is truly the more shocking work.’
    • ‘The hall of fame was instituted four years ago and honours and celebrates a combination of past broadcasters and those who continue to enliven the airwaves and engage and entrance the imagination of listeners.’
    • ‘Several universities, institutes and schools in the U.S., India and other countries have been honouring Chawla with awards celebrating her spirit.’
    • ‘We're saying that cinema can be an event, it can be a fun place where film is celebrated.’
    • ‘For all it pretends to laugh at that 1950s ideal, covertly the film celebrates it.’
    • ‘Four major exhibitions celebrate different aspects of Turner's artistic achievement this season.’
    • ‘Russian Ark is a film that celebrates high culture unequivocally.’
    • ‘This is an opportunity to celebrate your neighbours and honour volunteers in your community.’
    • ‘I do think it's time to celebrate what's on our doorstep.’
    • ‘The theme will be to celebrate who and what make up the essence of Keighley.’
    acclaimed, admired, highly rated, lionized, revered, honoured, esteemed, exalted, lauded, vaunted, much touted, well thought of, well received, acknowledged
    praise, laud, extol, glorify, eulogize, reverence, honour, pay tribute to, pay homage to, salute, hymn, sing
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Origin

Late Middle English (in celebrate (sense 2)): from Latin celebrat- ‘celebrated’, from the verb celebrare, from celeber, celebr- ‘frequented or honored’.

Pronunciation

celebrate

/ˈseləˌbrāt//ˈsɛləˌbreɪt/