celebrate

To celebrate means to mark a special day, event, or holiday. You might celebrate a birthday, a religious holiday, or even the anniversary of a famous battle.

Use celebrate for festive, happy occasions. If the special day, event, or holiday is more solemn or introspective, a verb like observe is often used. After we observe Memorial Day, we look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July. The verb can also mean to honor or praise — "The book celebrated the life of the actress who had given so much to worthy causes."

Primary Meanings of celebrate

1.
v
have a celebration
2.
v
behave as expected during of holidays or rites
3.
v
assign great social importance to
Full Definitions of celebrate
1

v have a celebration

“After the exam, the students were celebrating
Synonyms:
fete
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jubilate
celebrate a jubilee
jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, revel, wassail, whoop it up
celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities
party
have or participate in a party
receive
have or give a reception
rave
participate in an all-night techno dance party
carouse, riot, roister
engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
Type of:
get together, meet
get together socially or for a specific purpose
2

v behave as expected during of holidays or rites

celebrate Christmas”
Synonyms:
keep, observe
Types:
commemorate, mark
mark by some ceremony or observation
mourn
observe the customs of mourning after the death of a loved one
solemnise, solemnize
observe or perform with dignity or gravity
3

v assign great social importance to

“The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood”
Synonyms:
lionise, lionize
Type of:
abide by, honor, honour, observe, respect
show respect towards

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