One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they were celebrating their wedding anniversary’
commemorate, observe, honour, mark, salute, recognize, acknowledge, remember, memorialize, keep, drink to, toast, drink a toast to
2‘let's open the champagne and celebrate!’
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
North American step out
informal go out on the town, paint the town red, whoop it up, make whoopee, junket, have a night on the tiles, live it up, have a ball
British informal push the boat out
South African informal jol
dated spree, go on a spree
3‘the priest celebrated mass’
perform, observe, officiate at, preside at, solemnize, ceremonialize
4‘he was celebrated for his achievements’
praise, laud, extol, glorify, eulogize, reverence, honour, pay tribute to, pay homage to, salute, hymn, sing
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