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.
Cel·e·bra·ted a. Having celebrity; distinguished; renowned.
Celebrated for the politeness of his manners. --Macaulay.
Syn: -- Distinguished; famous; noted; famed; renowned; illustrious. See Distinguished.
adj 1: widely known and esteemed; "a famous actor"; "a celebrated
musician"; "a famed scientist"; "an illustrious
judge"; "a notable historian"; "a renowned painter"
[syn: famed, far-famed, famous, illustrious, notable,
2: having an illustrious past [syn: historied, storied]