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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 ?
There was a feast and a sort of celebration in camp that night.
He was, in truth, a minstrel of the western continent--of a much later day, certainly, than those gifted bards, who formerly sang the profane renown of baron and prince, but after the spirit of his own age and country; and he was now prepared to exercise the cunning of his craft, in celebration of, or rather in thanksgiving for, the recent victory.
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.
A charming informality was one of the characteristics of this celebration.
Their favour increased; they could not be spared; Sir John would not hear of their going; and in spite of their numerous and long arranged engagements in Exeter, in spite of the absolute necessity of returning to fulfill them immediately, which was in full force at the end of every week, they were prevailed on to stay nearly two months at the park, and to assist in the due celebration of that festival which requires a more than ordinary share of private balls and large dinners to proclaim its importance.
There is a Celebration in the streets, and no one will be accessible until dark.
But the party on Christmas-day, being a strictly family party, was not the pre-eminently brilliant celebration of the season at the Red House.
But yesterday, I was in my father's court, engaged in the celebration of our most solemn festival; to-day, I am in an unknown land, in danger of my life.
We were obliged for the relief of the poor and our own subsistence to sell our ornaments and chalices, which we first broke in pieces, that the people might not have the pleasure of ridiculing our mysteries by profaning the vessels made use of in the celebration of them, for they now would gladly treat with the highest indignities what they had a year before looked upon with veneration.
From this joyful mountaintop of celebration we hear a call to service in the valley.
We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom.
Several other persons were engaged in erecting raised benches from which people might conveniently see the plays and dances that were to be performed the next day on the spot dedicated to the celebration of the marriage of Camacho the rich and the obsequies of Basilio.