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Definition of celebrate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    celebrate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈselɪbreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈselɪbreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they celebrate
    BrE BrE//ˈselɪbreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈselɪbreɪt//
     
    he / she / it celebrates
    BrE BrE//ˈselɪbreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈselɪbreɪts//
     
    past simple celebrated
    BrE BrE//ˈselɪbreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈselɪbreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle celebrated
    BrE BrE//ˈselɪbreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈselɪbreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form celebrating
    BrE BrE//ˈselɪbreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈselɪbreɪtɪŋ//
     
    Religious ceremonies
     
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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's 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 in your country? Wordfinderanniversary, birthday, celebrate, commemorate, festivity, jubilee, occasion, parade, party, reception See related entries: Religious ceremonies
  2. 2 [transitive] celebrate something to perform a religious ceremony, especially the Christian communion (1) service
  3. 3[transitive] celebrate somebody/something (formal) to praise somebody/something songs that celebrate the joys of romantic love a movie celebrating the life and work of Nelson Mandela
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in sense (2)): from Latin celebrat- ‘celebrated’, from the verb celebrare, from celeber, celebr- ‘frequented or honoured’.Extra examples It was a movie celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King. Jake’s passed his exams. We’re going out to celebrate. Let’s open the champagne and celebrate!
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