Cel·e·brate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Celebrated; p. pr. & vb. n. Celebrating.]
1. To extol or honor in a solemn manner; as, to celebrate the name of the Most High.
2. 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.
From even unto even shall ye celebrate your Sabbath. --Lev. xxiii. 32.
3. To perform or participate in, as a sacrament or solemn rite; to solemnize; to perform with appropriate rites; as, to celebrate a marriage.
Syn: -- To commemorate; distinguish; honor.
Usage: -- To Celebrate, Commemorate. We commemorate events which we desire to keep in remembrance, when we recall them by some special observace; as, to commemorate the death of our Savior. We celebrate by demonstrations of joy or solemnity or by appropriate ceremonies; as, to celebrate the birthday of our Independence.
We are called upon to commemorate a revolution as surprising in its manner as happy in its consequences. --Atterbury.
Earth, water, air, and fire, with feeling glee,
Exult to celebrate thy festival. --Thomson.
v 1: celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments";
"celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur" [syn: observe,
2: have a celebration; "They were feting the patriarch of the
family"; "After the exam, the students were celebrating"
3: assign great social importance to; "The film director was
celebrated all over Hollywood"; "The tenor was lionized in
Vienna" [syn: lionize, lionise]