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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
  32. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  celebrate 
  v  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  war 
  celebrated  all  over  Hollywood";  "The  tenor  was  lionized  in 
  Vienna"  [syn:  {lionize}] 




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