Definitions of celebrate

  1. celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. assign great social importance to; "The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood"; "The tenor was lionized in Vienna" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. have a celebration; "They were feting the patriarch of the family"; "After the exam, the students were celebrating" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To extol or honor in a solemn manner; as, to celebrate the name of the Most High. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To perform or participate in, as a sacrament or solemn rite; to solemnize; to perform with appropriate rites; as, to celebrate a marriage. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To praise, or honor; to officiate at, as the Mass; commemorate. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To make famous: to distinguish by solemn ceremonies. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To praise publicly; to distinguish by ceremonies. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To commemorate joy fully keep; observe; make famous, as by song or poem. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To praise; to commemorate by ceremonies and marks of joy and respect. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To praise or extol; to render famous; to keep holy; to honour by marks of joy or by ceremonies. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. sel'e-br[=a]t, 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. CELEBR[=A]'TION, act of celebrating any solemn ceremony, as the eucharist (high, if with music, &c.; low, if without): an extolling; CELEBR[=A]T'OR, one who celebrates; CELEB'RITY, the condition of being celebrated: fame: notoriety: a person of distinction or fame. [L. celebr[=a]re, -[=a]tum--celeber, frequented.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Perform publicly& duly (religious ceremony &c.); officiate at Eucharist; observe, honour, with rites, festivities, &c. (festival, event); publish abroad, praise, extol, (p.p.) famous. Hence celebration n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary