AskDefine | Define celebrate

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1 celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur" [syn: observe, keep]
2 have a celebration; "They were feting the patriarch of the family"; "After the exam, the students were celebrating" [syn: fete]
3 assign great social importance to; "The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood"; "The tenor was lionized in Vienna" [syn: lionize, lionise]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈsɛl.ɪ.bɹeɪt/|/ˈsɛl.ə.bɹeɪt/; /"sEl.I.breIt/|/"sEl.@.breIt/


  1. To extol or honour in a solemn manner; as, to celebrate the name of the Most High.
  2. To honour 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.
  3. To perform or participate in, as a sacrament or solemn rite; to solemnize; to perform with appropriate rites; as, to celebrate a marriage.


to extol or honour in a solemn manner
  • German: feiern, zelebrieren
to honour by solemn rites
  • Czech: slavit
  • German: feiern, zelebrieren
to perform or participate in
  • German: feiern, zelebrieren


Verb form

  1. second-person plural indicative present of celebrare
  2. second-person plural imperative of celebrare

Extensive Definition

Celebration may refer to:
Celebration may also be:
celebrate in Japanese: セレブレーション

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

administer Communion, adulate, advertise, apotheosize, attend Communion, attend Mass, beat the drum, belaud, bepraise, blare, blare forth, blaze, blaze abroad, blazon, blazon about, bless, bless the Lord, blow the trumpet, blow up, boast of, brag about, broadcast, carouse, celebrate Mass, commemorate, communicate, consecrate, conventionalize, cry, cry out, cry up, cut loose, debauch, declaim, dedicate, deify, dignify, doxologize, dress ship, emblazon, eulogize, exalt, extol, fire a salute, flatter, formalize, glorify, glorify the Lord, hallow, hell around, herald, herald abroad, hero-worship, hold, hold jubilee, honor, hymn, idolize, jollify, jolly, jubilate, jubilize, keep, lark, laud, let go, let loose, let off steam, lionize, maffick, magnify, make merry, make much of, make whoopee, mark, memorialize, observe, overpraise, panegyrize, party, pay tribute, perform, porter aux nues, praise, praise God, proclaim, promulgate, publicize, puff, puff up, raise hell, receive the Sacrament, rejoice in, revel, ritualize, roister, salute, sanctify, see life, shout, signalize, sing praises, skylark, solemnize, solemnly mark, sound a fanfare, spree, step out, stylize, thunder, thunder forth, trumpet, trumpet forth, wanton, wassail, whoop it up
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