November 25, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
celebrate /ˈsɛləˌbreɪt/ verb

celebrates; celebrated; celebrating

The girl in the middle is celebrating her birthday.
The girl in the middle is celebrating her birthday.
Learner's definition of CELEBRATE

1 : to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc.

[+ object]

  • We are celebrating my birthday by going out to dinner.

  • The family gathered to celebrate Christmas.

  • We are celebrating our anniversary next week.

  • They are celebrating the birth of their third child.

[no object]

  • We won! Let's celebrate!

2 [+ object] formal : to praise (someone or something) : to say that (someone or something) is great or important

  • The book celebrates the movies of the past.

  • Her lecture celebrated the genius of the artist.

  • We should celebrate diversity.

  • He is celebrated for his contributions to modern science.

3 [+ object] formal : to perform (a religious ceremony)

  • A priest celebrates Mass at the church daily.

— celebrator /ˈsɛləˌbreɪtɚ/ noun, plural celebrators [count]

  • The dance floor was packed with celebrators. [=revelers]

  • a celebrator of fine wine

— celebratory /ˈsɛləbrəˌtori/ Brit /ˌsɛləˈbreɪtri/ adjective, formal [more celebratory; most celebratory]

  • The tone of the article was celebratory.

  • a celebratory drink/dinner

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