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celebrate (one) for (something)

To honor and acclaim one for a remarkable action or achievement. We still celebrate Sir Alexander Fleming today for his discovery of penicillin.
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celebrate someone for an accomplishment

to honor someone for having done something. The people celebrated the astronaut for a successful journey. She was celebrated widely for her discovery.
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References in classic literature ?
Today we do more than celebrate America, we rededicate ourselves to the very idea of America, an idea born in revolution, and renewed through two centuries of challenge, an idea tempered by the knowledge that but for fate, we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other; an idea ennobled by the faith that our nation can summon from its myriad diversity, the deepest measure of unity; an idea infused with the conviction that America's journey long, heroic journey must go forever upward.
A wonderful party of coffee-and-milk to celebrate the great event
All his friends and schoolmates must be invited to celebrate the great event
and you the feathered choristers of nature, whose sweetest notes not even Handel can excell, tune your melodious throats to celebrate her appearance.
He and the governor had had a row about something, you know, and they made it up during those last days, and--Well, apparently your uncle thought he had better celebrate it somehow, so he made a new will.
The second part celebrates the founding of Pytho (Delphi) as the oracular seat of Apollo.
Company Also Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of Commercial Sales Program
We can celebrate for weeks at a time, not to mention celebrating the 900th anniversary of Saint So-and-So.
Of course, you'd like to be able to celebrate Christmas dinner on Christmas, but after playing so many tournaments for so many years, you just learn to deal with it.
The truth is that after the apostles and disciples were evicted from the synagogue after the death of Jesus they were forced to celebrate the Eucharist in their homes, a condition which continued until the beginning of the fourth century when Christianity was recognized by the Emperor.
Annual Valentine's Social for People with MS Celebrates Season of Love Feb.
The Armenian church is part of the Christian Orthodox world, and some other Eastern Orthodox churches also celebrate Christmas on a different day, Jan.
This child Jesus, "destined for the fall and the rising of many," cries out to us across the ages to prepare once again for his coming and to celebrate this rebirth of faith by believing.
And Persians celebrate ``Nawrooz,'' the day of the spring equinox.
The Eastern church still celebrates All Saints on the Sunday after Pentecost.