Meaning of “celebrate” in the English Dictionary

"celebrate" in British English

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uk /ˈsel.ə.breɪt/ us /ˈsel.ə.breɪt/

celebrate verb (ENJOY AN OCCASION)

B1 [ I or T ] to take part in special enjoyable activities in order to show that a particular occasion is important:

We always celebrate our wedding anniversary by going out to dinner.
If this plan works, we'll celebrate in style (= in a special way).

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  • We always celebrate our wedding anniversary with a bottle of champagne.
  • The whole town came out to celebrate his return from the war.
  • The people at the table behind us were celebrating someone's birthday.
  • Crowds celebrated the dictator's deposition.
  • How did you celebrate the Millennium?

celebrate verb (PRAISE)

[ T ] formal to express admiration and approval for something or someone:

His work celebrates the energy and enthusiasm of the young.

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  • The recording has been reissued to celebrate the conductor's 80th birthday.
  • Stars of the entertainment world turned out to celebrate his 40th year in show business.
  • Her music celebrates the power of nature.

(Definition of “celebrate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"celebrate" in American English

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celebrateverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈsel·əˌbreɪt/

to recognize an important occasion by taking part in an activity that makes it special:

[ T ] Children’s Day has been celebrated in Japan for hundreds of years.
noun [ C/U ] us /ˌsel·əˈbreɪ·ʃən/

[ C ] a Fourth of July celebration

(Definition of “celebrate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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