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Definition of celebrate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they celebrate
    he / she / it celebrates
    past simple celebrated
    -ing form celebrating
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to show that a day or an event is important by doing something special on it Jake passed his exams. We're going out to celebrate. celebrate something We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in Florence. How do people celebrate New Year's in your country?
  2. 2[transitive] celebrate somebody/something (formal) to praise someone or something songs that celebrate the joys of romantic love a movie celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. 3[transitive] celebrate something to perform a religious ceremony, especially the Christian communion service
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: celebrate