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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of celebrare 'to visit often, celebrate', from celeber 'often visited, famous'

celebrate

verb
     
cel‧e‧brate W3
1 [intransitive and transitive] to show that an event or occasion is important by doing something special or enjoyable [↪ celebration]:
It's Dad's birthday and we're going out for a meal to celebrate.
My folks are celebrating their 50th anniversary.
We hope to give fans something to celebrate this season.
celebrate Christmas/Thanksgiving etc
How do you usually celebrate New Year?
2 [transitive] formal to praise someone or something:
poems that celebrate the joys of love
3 [transitive]RRC to perform a religious ceremony, especially the Christian Mass

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