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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.