celebrate

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈsɛl.ɪ.bɹeɪt/ or /ˈsɛl.ə.bɹeɪt/; SAMPA: /"sEl.I.breIt/
  • (file)

Verb[change]

Plain form
celebrate

Third-person singular
celebrates

Past tense
celebrated

Past participle
celebrated

Present participle
celebrating

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you celebrate something, you do something special to show that you are happy about it.
    The town celebrates its 200th anniversary this Saturday by launching 20,000 balloons.
    Some American homes are treeless during Christmas as these families celebrate other holidays.
    Fans poured into the streets to celebrate after their team's victory.
  2. (transitive) When you celebrate something, you perform or participate in it, usually a sacrament or solemn rite.
    The Christians gathered together to celebrate a mass.

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