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.

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. Yukihiko Nunomura:

    This is a (symbol of) hope for the world to celebrate the best of human beings through Tokyo 2020 after we overcome the serious coronavirus.

  2. Josephine Lee:

    We have all been through a very traumatic experience together. We have been isolated. Humans need that comfort, that love, the human touch — and especially children, music is this universal language that allows us to celebrate our shared humanity.

  3. Mark Knutson:

    There’s more work to be done, but right now, we are going to celebrate with so much joy in our hearts, knowing that brighter and better days are ahead.

  4. Ganga Sagar Pant:

    Among all faiths, Hinduism is the most colorful, inclusive, democratic and nature-based lifestyle; which teaches how to live in perfect harmony with each natural elements in the universe and how to celebrate different thoughts.

  5. Rory McIlroy:

    It's awesome. I'm really grateful, i really felt the love out there. Celebrate another decade of my life and I get to do it on one of my favorite golf courses in the world, it's pretty cool.

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