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    To celebrate an event

    "It is now fifty years since the discovery of the nucleus of the atom by Rutherford, and the event is to be celebrated in September by the University of Manchester, where the discovery is made."

    I would like to ask which of the verb meanings 1, 2, and 3 is the correct one for the "celebrate" used as above.

    http://www.wordwebonline.com/en/CELEBRATED

    Source: The English We Use For Science by R.A Close.

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    #2

    Re: To celebrate an event

    Number 1.
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    #3

    Re: To celebrate an event

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Number 1.
    But why cannot it be number 2, to have a celebration?

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    Re: To celebrate an event

    I think that To observe (a day or event) with ceremonies of respect, festivity, or rejoicing is a better definition of the verb in your sentence.

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    Re: To celebrate an event

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I think that To observe (a day or event) with ceremonies of respect, festivity, or rejoicing is a better definition of the verb in your sentence.

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    But if "celebrate" is a synonym of "observe" in this sense then isn't it ridiculous to define celebrate over its synonym, observe as "to observe a day or event." ?

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    Re: To celebrate an event

    'Observe' is not a synonym of 'celebrate' The definition of 'celebrate' was 'observe ... with ceremonies of respect, festivity, or rejoicing'/

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    Re: To celebrate an event

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    "It is now fifty years since the discovery of the nucleus of the atom by Rutherford, and the event is to be celebrated in September by the University of Manchester, where the discovery is made."
    Did the original source really use 'is' to reference a 50 year old discovery ?!?
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    Re: To celebrate an event

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Did the original source really use 'is' to reference a 50 year old discovery ?!?
    "where the discovery was made", sorry it is my mistake to use "is".

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