From Middle English celebraten, from Latin celebratus, past pariticiple of celebrō (“frequent, go to in great numbers, celebrate, honor, praise”), from celeber (“frequented, populous”). Displaced native Old English fæġnian.
- (transitive) To extol or honour in a solemn manner.
- Synonym: fete
- to celebrate the name of the Most High
- 2016 August 7, “Journalism”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 3, episode 20, HBO:
- Okay, that is simply not true. If that were the case, you wouldn’t need to have an Olympics. The whole reason we do this is to find out who is better than everyone else, so that we can make them stand higher than the other people who are not as good as them, because the point of the games is not to celebrate equality. It is to celebrate individuals’ excellence. So let us all settle in for two incredible weeks of celebrating the fittest, the bravest, the most beautiful and of course, the drunkest of us all. “Did somebody say ‘party’?”
- (transitive) To honour by rites, by ceremonies of joy and respect, or by refraining from ordinary business; to observe duly.
- 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 20, in The Dust of Conflict:
- Hester Earle and Violet Wayne were moving about the aisle with bundles of wheat-ears and streamers of ivy, for the harvest thanksgiving was shortly to be celebrated, while the vicar stood waiting for their directions on the chancel steps with a great handful of crimson gladioli.
- (intransitive) To engage in joyful activity in appreciation of an event.
- I was promoted today at work—let’s celebrate!
- 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport:
- As Di Matteo celebrated and captain John Terry raised the trophy for the fourth time, the Italian increased his claims to become the permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas by landing a trophy.
- (transitive) To perform or participate in, as a sacrament or solemn rite; to perform with appropriate rites.
- Synonym: solemnize
- to celebrate a marriage
In sense “to conduct ceremonies, to follow a custom”, generally used of festive occasions, such as Christmas and birthdays. For more solemn occasions, particularly certain religious holidays (“holy days”) and commemorations, the term observe is used instead, as in “This office will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.”
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- “celebrate” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “celebrate” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- celebrate at OneLook Dictionary Search
- present adverbial passive participle of celebri