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cel·e·brate

 (sĕl′ə-brāt′)
v. cel·e·brat·ed, cel·e·brat·ing, cel·e·brates
v.tr.
1. To observe (a day or event) with ceremonies of respect, festivity, or rejoicing. See Synonyms at observe.
2. To perform (a religious ceremony): celebrate Mass.
3. To extol or praise: a sonnet that celebrates love.
4. To make widely known; display: "a determination on the author's part to celebrate ... the offenses of another" (William H. Pritchard).
v.intr.
1. To observe an occasion with appropriate ceremony or festivity.
2. To perform a religious ceremony.
3. To engage in festivities: went out and celebrated after the victory.

[Middle English celebraten, from Latin celebrāre, celebrāt-, to frequent, celebrate, from celeber, celebr-, frequented, famous.]

cel′e·bra′tion n.
cel′e·bra′tor n.
cel′e·bra·to′ry (sĕl′ə-brə-tôr′ē, sə-lĕb′rə-) adj.

cel•e•bra•tion

(ˌsɛl əˈbreɪ ʃən)

n.
1. an act of celebrating.
2. the festivities engaged in to celebrate something.
[1520–30; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.celebration - a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy eventcelebration - a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event
social function, social occasion, occasion, affair, function - a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
2.celebration - any joyous diversioncelebration - any joyous diversion      
agon - a festivity in ancient Greece at which competitors contended for prizes
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
jollification, merrymaking, conviviality - a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity
feria - (in Spanish speaking regions) a local festival or fair, usually in honor of some patron saint
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
gala, gala affair, jamboree, blowout - a gay festivity
Ludi Saeculares, secular games - the centennial rites and games of ancient Rome that marked the commencement of a new generation (100 years representing the longest life in a generation); observances may have begun as early as the 5th century BC and lasted well into the Christian era
victory celebration - a celebration following a victory in a battle or sports competition
3.celebration - the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual; "the celebration of marriage"
ritual - the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies

celebration

noun
1. party, festival, gala, jubilee, festivity, rave (Brit. slang), junketing, beano (Brit. slang), revelry, red-letter day, rave-up (Brit. slang), merrymaking, jollification, carousal, -fest (in combination), hooley or hoolie (chiefly Irish & N.Z.) There was a celebration in our house that night.
2. commemoration, honouring, remembrance This was not a memorial service but a celebration of his life.
3. performance, observance, solemnization the celebration of Mass in Latin

celebration

noun
1. The act of observing a day or an event with ceremonies:
2. The act of showing joyful satisfaction in an event:
festivity, merrymaking, rejoicing, revel (often used in plural), revelry.
3. A big, exuberant party:
Slang: bash, blast, blowout.
4. A large or important social gathering:
Informal: do.
Slang: bash.
Translations
selebrasie
اِحْتِفَالاحْتِفال
oslava
fejringfest
juhlat
उत्सव
proslava
megünneplésünneplés
hátíîahald
祝い
축하
praznovanje
svečanost
firande
การฉลอง
việc tổ chức ăn mừng

celebration

[ˌselɪˈbreɪʃən] N
1. (= act) → celebración f, festejo m
in celebration ofpara celebrar
2. (= party) → fiesta f, guateque m; (= festivity) → festividad f
we must have a celebrationhay que celebrarlo or festejarlo, hay que hacer una fiesta
the jubilee celebrationslas conmemoraciones or los festejos del aniversario

celebration

[ˌsɛlɪˈbreɪʃən] n
(= party, festival) → fête f
[fact, event] → célébration f

celebration

n
(= party, festival)Feier f; (= commemoration, jubilee also)Gedenkfeier f; (= act of celebrating)Feiern nt; during the centenary celebrationswährend der Hundertjahrfeier(n); in celebration ofzur Feier (+gen)
(= praise)Verherrlichung f
(of mass, ritual)Zelebration f; (of communion)Feier f

celebration

[ˌsɛlɪˈbreɪʃn] n (act) → celebrazione f; (festivity) → celebrazione, festa

celebrate

(ˈseləbreit) verb
to mark by giving a party etc in honour of (a happy or important event). I'm celebrating (my birthday) today.
ˈcelebrated adjective
famous. a celebrated actress.
ˌceleˈbration noun
birthday celebrations.
ceˈlebrity (-ˈle-) plural ceˈlebrities noun
a well-known person. celebrities from the world of entertainment.

celebration

اِحْتِفَال oslava fejring Feier εορτασμός celebración juhlat célébration proslava celebrazione 祝い 축하 viering feiring świętowanie celebração празднование firande การฉลอง kutlama việc tổ chức ăn mừng 庆典
References in classic literature ?
No doubt the old cheery publicity is a little embarrassing to the two most concerned, and the old marriage customs, the singing of the bride and bridegroom to their nuptial couch, the frank jests, the country horse-play, must have fretted the souls of many a lover before Shelley, who, it will be remembered, resented the choral celebrations of his Scotch landlord and friends by appearing at his bedroom door with a brace of pistols.
Such celebrations arouse and gratify the kindliest emotions of the bosom.
For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed to feel for it, for all the celebrations it had been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man.
In men's clubs such celebrations were, though expiring, less uncommon; but either the natural shyness of the softer sex, or a sarcastic attitude on the part of male relatives, had denuded such women's clubs as remained (if any other did) or this their glory and consummation.
In the general rejoicing throughout the country which followed the close of the Spanish-American war, peace celebrations were arranged in several of the large cities.
The Alardyces had married and intermarried, and their offspring were generally profuse, and had a way of meeting regularly in each other's houses for meals and family celebrations which had acquired a semi- sacred character, and were as regularly observed as days of feasting and fasting in the Church.
As to the grander forms of music, worthy to accompany solemn celebrations, and even to serve as an educating influence according to the ancient conception, I say nothing, for with these we are not immediately concerned.
Picture and sculpture are the celebrations and festivities of form.
The papers were old and uninteresting, filled up mostly with dreary stereotyped descriptions of Queen Victoria's first jubilee celebrations.
And as to the feastings and christenings, and revellings at Christmas, and celebrations of birthdays, wedding-days, and all manner of days, both at the Maypole and the Golden Key,--if they are not notorious, what facts are?
There was a feast and a sort of celebration in camp that night.
He never wrote to them--that may have been selfish, but it was a part of the flattery of his trust of me; for the way in which a man pays his highest tribute to a woman is apt to be but by the more festal celebration of one of the sacred laws of his comfort; and I held that I carried out the spirit of the pledge given not to appeal to him when I let my charges understand that their own letters were but charming literary exercises.