What does celebrate mean?

Definitions for celebrate
ˈsɛl əˌbreɪtcel·e·brate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. observe, celebrate, keepverb

    behave as expected during of holidays or rites

    "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"

  2. celebrate, feteverb

    have a celebration

    "They were feting the patriarch of the family"; "After the exam, the students were celebrating"

  3. lionize, lionise, celebrateverb

    assign great social importance to

    "The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood"; "The tenor was lionized in Vienna"


  1. celebrateverb

    To extol or honour in a solemn manner.

    to celebrate the name of the Most High

  2. celebrateverb

    To honour by rites, by ceremonies of joy and respect, or by refraining from ordinary business; to observe duly; to keep.

    to celebrate a birthday

  3. celebrateverb

    To engage in joyful activity in appreciation of an event.

    I was promoted today at worklet's celebrate!

  4. celebrateverb

    To perform or participate in, as a sacrament or solemn rite; to solemnize; to perform with appropriate rites.

    to celebrate a marriage

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CELEBRATEverb

    Etymology: celebro, Lat.

    The songs of Sion were psalms and pieces of poetry, that adored or celebrated the Supreme Being. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    I would have him read over the celebrated works of antiquity, which have stood the test of so many different ages. Addison.

    He slew all them that were gone to celebrate the sabbath. 2 Maccab. v. 26.

    On the feast day, the father cometh forth, after divine service, into a large room, where the feast is celebrated. Francis Bacon.

    This pause of pow’r, ’tis Ireland’s hour to mourn;
    While England celebrates your safe return. Dryden.


  1. Celebrate

    Celebrate – The Night of the Warlock is an EP by German female hard rock singer Doro Pesch, released in 2008 through AFM Records. The EP preceded of a few months the album Fear No Evil and includes three versions of the song "Celebrate". In the single version of the song the chorus is provided by a group of Doro fans, while the other two contain in the chorus the vocal performances of Saxon's frontman Biff Byford and of many female heavy metal singers. The song itself is a new collaboration of Doro with the old Warlock producer Joey Balin and is meant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Doro's career. The EP reached position No. 75 in the German single chart.


  1. celebrate

    To celebrate means to acknowledge and commemorate a special event, achievement, or milestone with joy, enthusiasm, and expressing appreciation or happiness. It involves engaging in activities, rituals, or festivities that bring people together to honor or recognize the significance of the occasion. Celebrating often involves expressing joy, gratitude, and sharing positive emotions with others to create a sense of togetherness and enhance the overall experience of the event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Celebrateverb

    to extol or honor in a solemn manner; as, to celebrate the name of the Most High

  2. Celebrateverb

    to honor by solemn rites, by ceremonies of joy and respect, or by refraining from ordinary business; to observe duly; to keep; as, to celebrate a birthday

  3. Celebrateverb

    to perform or participate in, as a sacrament or solemn rite; to solemnize; to perform with appropriate rites; as, to celebrate a marriage

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Celebrate

    sel′e-brāt, v.t. to make famous: to distinguish by solemn ceremonies, as a festival or an event: to perform with proper rites and ceremonies, as mass, the eucharist, marriage, &c.: to publish the praises of.—n. Cel′ebrant, one who celebrates: the principal officiant at the holy communion.—adj. Cel′ebrated, distinguished: famous.—ns. Celebrā′tion, act of celebrating any solemn ceremony, as the eucharist (high, if with music, &c.; low, if without): an extolling; Celebrāt′or, one who celebrates; Celeb′rity, the condition of being celebrated: fame: notoriety: a person of distinction or fame. [L. celebrāre, -ātumceleber, frequented.]

Editors Contribution

  1. celebrate

    To have a celebration.

    They did celebrate their wedding anniversary every year by having a family gathering.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'celebrate' in Verbs Frequency: #517

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of celebrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of celebrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of celebrate in a Sentence

  1. Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela:

    I wanted to celebrate my Africanism. I wanted to celebrate women in brewing because historically, we've been making the beers.

  2. Police Chief Cathy Lanier:

    When we talk to our residents and visitors who want to celebrate Independence Day in the District of Columbia, it should be very clear to everybody that we take clear and credible threats or calls from our citizens and employees very, very seriously.

  3. Joe Biden:

    For over 25 years, Equal Pay Day has helped draw attention to gender-based pay disparities by highlighting how far into a new year a woman must work, on average, to earn what a man did in the previous year, this year, Equal Pay Day falls on March 15, the earliest we have ever marked the occasion. The earlier that Equal Pay Day arrives, the closer our Nation has come to achieving pay fairness. But while we should celebrate the progress we have made, as I have said in the past, we should not be satisfied until Equal Pay Day is no longer necessary at all.

  4. April Schentrup:

    I hold [the Broward school district] responsible for my daughter’s death, why would we go and celebrate with them?

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    In the morning, celebrate the beauty and warmth of sunlight. In the evening, celebrate the song of silence and love of night.

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