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celebrate

[sel-uh-breyt] /ˈsɛl əˌbreɪt/
verb (used with object), celebrated, celebrating.
1.
to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities:
to celebrate Christmas; to celebrate the success of a new play.
2.
to make known publicly; proclaim:
The newspaper celebrated the end of the war in red headlines.
3.
to praise widely or to present to widespread and favorable public notice, as through newspapers or novels:
a novel celebrating the joys of marriage; the countryside celebrated in the novels of Hardy.
4.
to perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies; solemnize:
to celebrate a marriage.
verb (used without object), celebrated, celebrating.
5.
to observe a day or commemorate an event with ceremonies or festivities.
6.
to perform a religious ceremony, especially Mass or the Lord's Supper.
7.
to have or participate in a party, drinking spree, or uninhibited good time:
You look like you were up celebrating all night.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin celebrātus past participle of celebrāre to solemnize, celebrate, honor, equivalent to celebr- (stem of celeber) often repeated, famous + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
celebrative, adjective
celebrator, celebrater, noun
celebratory
[sel-uh-bruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, suh-leb-ruh-] /ˈsɛl ə brəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, səˈlɛb rə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
precelebrate, verb, precelebrated, precelebrating.
recelebrate, verb, recelebrated, recelebrating.
uncelebrating, adjective
Can be confused
celebrate, celibate, cerebrate.
Synonyms
1. honor, solemnize. 3. laud, glorify, honor, applaud, commend.
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Examples from the web for celebratory
  • He then finished it all off with a celebratory drizzle of the best oil.
  • Selecting a suitable wine for a celebratory meal can be tricky at times.
  • The only thing that was different from normal was the celebratory dinner last night but otherwise completely uneventful.
  • Although there are no emoticons present, the tone is clearly celebratory.
  • Grief is causing him to blot out much of this celebratory season.
  • Contributing to the celebratory atmosphere, many eateries also serve alcohol.
  • But, usually, the phone call is a celebratory conversation where a match has occurred and a successful search has concluded.
  • The hug occurred in a highly public place and for a significantly celebratory reason.
  • Both the celebratory posts and the frustrated posts create these understandings.
  • Those who stay at home whisper prayers for their ancestors, while in the parks, there are celebratory firework displays.
British Dictionary definitions for celebratory

celebrate

/ˈsɛlɪˌbreɪt/
verb
1.
to rejoice in or have special festivities to mark (a happy day, event, etc)
2.
(transitive) to observe (a birthday, anniversary, etc): she celebrates her ninetieth birthday next month
3.
(transitive) to perform (a solemn or religious ceremony), esp to officiate at (Mass)
4.
(transitive) to praise publicly; proclaim
Derived Forms
celebration, noun
celebrative, adjective
celebrator, noun
celebratory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin celebrāre, from celeber numerous, thronged, renowned
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Word Origin and History for celebratory
adj.

1855, from celebrate + -ory.

celebrate

v.

mid-15c., originally of the Mass, from Latin celebratus "much-frequented; kept solemn; famous," past participle of celebrare "assemble to honor," also "to publish; sing praises of; practice often," originally "to frequent in great numbers," from celeber "frequented, populous, crowded;" with transferred senses of "well-attended; famous; often-repeated." Related: Celebrated; celebrating.

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