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We use the verb "celebrate" for holidays, birthdays, victories, promotions, and other events that deserve some special honor and recognition.

past participle
  • We celebrate Christmas with our family every year.
  • Jerry’s family celebrated Christmas in Hawaii last year.
  • Donna’s grandmother will celebrate her 90th birthday next week.
  • Let’s celebrate Tanya’s promotion to general manager by going out tonight.
  • Joyce and Harold are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary today.

snow Most people who live in North America like to see snow on the ground as they are celebrating the holidays.

The word "celebration" is a noun:

  • The town held a big celebration last week commemorating its 100th anniversary.
  • There was a celebration among the troops when they left Iraq.
  • Several different celebrations will be held at the end of the month to ring in a new year.

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This page was first published on December 24, 2011.



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