\ ˈgäd How to pronounce god (audio) also ˈgȯd \
plural gods

Definition of god

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 God : the supreme or ultimate reality: such as
a : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped (as in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism) as creator and ruler of the universe Throughout the patristic and medieval periods, Christian theologians taught that God created the universe …— Jame Schaefer … the Supreme Being or God, the personal form of the Ultimate Reality, is conceived by Hindus as having various aspects.— Sunita Pant Bansal
b Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
2 or less commonly God : a being or object that is worshipped as having more than natural attributes and powers specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality Greek gods of love and war
3 : a person or thing of supreme value had photos of baseball's gods pinned to his bedroom wall
4 : a powerful ruler Hollywood gods that control our movies' fates


godded; godding

Definition of god (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat as a god : idolize, deify

Synonyms for god

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of god in a Sentence

Noun Does she believe in God? I pray to God that no one was seriously injured in the accident. the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt a myth about the god of war an offering for the gods a professor who was regarded as a kind of god a guitar god like Jimi Hendrix See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dalí presides over his parties, which are stocked with aging aristocrats and gorgeous young studs and debutantes, like an imperious ogre who is also a god. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 18 Sep. 2022 Rediscovered Donner and Tahoe, and found The Leap, Bishop, J-Tree, Alabama Hills, Red Rocks, and my god, Yosemite Valley. Megan Starich, Outside Online, 24 Aug. 2022 The god of his own world, who failed to answer his prayers and keep his daughter alive. Chris Smith, BGR, 10 July 2022 Unlike his Avengers teammates Captain America and Iron Man, Thor is literally a god: He's already been around for centuries, and will surely survive long after his mortal friends have turned to dust. Christian Holub, EW.com, 9 July 2022 All her life she had been told Chairman Mao was a god. Fox News, 6 July 2022 Oh my god: left side one vibe, right side one vibe. Michella Oré, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2022 To many of us, Jacques Pepin is a kindly, accessible French culinary god. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 Saturday comes from Dies Saturni, Latin for Saturn-day, named after the Roman god Saturn. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of god


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1595, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for god

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German got god

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The first known use of god was before the 12th century

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26 Sep 2022

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“God.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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\ ˈgäd How to pronounce god (audio) \

Kids Definition of god

1 capitalized : the Being worshipped as the creator and ruler of the universe
2 : a being believed to have more than human powers Ancient peoples worshipped many gods.
3 : an object worshipped as divine

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