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."

Definitions of celebrate
  1. verb
    have a celebration
    “After the exam, the students were celebrating
    synonyms: fete
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    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
    have or participate in a party
    have or give a reception
    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. verb
    behave as expected during holidays or rites
    celebrate Christmas”
    synonyms: keep, observe
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    commemorate, mark
    mark by some ceremony or observation
    observe the customs of mourning after the death of a loved one
    solemnise, solemnize
    observe or perform with dignity or gravity
  3. verb
    assign great social importance to
    “The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood”
    synonyms: lionise, lionize
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    abide by, honor, honour, observe, respect
    show respect towards
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