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English Dictionary: celebrate by the DICT Development Group
2 results for celebrate
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. behave as expected during of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
    Synonym(s): observe, celebrate, keep
  2. have a celebration; "They were feting the patriarch of the family"; "After the exam, the students were celebrating"
    Synonym(s): celebrate, fete
  3. assign great social importance to; "The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood"; "The tenor was lionized in Vienna"
    Synonym(s): lionize, lionise, celebrate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Celebrate \Cel"e*brate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Celebrated}; p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Celebrating}.] [L. celebratus, p. p. of
      celebrare to frequent, to celebrate, fr. celeber famous.]
      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.
      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.
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