god

noun
\ˈgäd also ˈgȯd \

Definition of god 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: such as

a : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe

b Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind

2 : a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship 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

god

verb
godded; godding

Definition of god (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat as a god : idolize, deify

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Synonyms for god

Synonyms: Noun

hero, icon (also ikon), idol

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The story, considered the oldest in human history, follows the beefy god-king Gilgamesh and his hirsute friend Enkidu on various moronic trials of strength through forbidding landscapes stalked by monsters. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Book Review: Classics Illustrated," 16 Nov. 2018 This isn't just a case of someone appearing in a sneaky Instagram story and fans running wild with speculation and hope; no, this is a real, honest to god declaration of coupledom. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Camila Mendes Confirms She's Dating 'Riverdale' Costar Charles Melton," 7 Oct. 2018 There are Hellenistic golden-serpentine sea-god bracelets and 8th century Javanese-gold ear ornaments that look like underwater creatures. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A History of Jewelry Debuts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Latest Exhibition, The Body Transformed," 8 Nov. 2018 Ski god Jean-Claude Killy and the rest of the French team wore the brand at the 1968 Olympics. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "How CEO Remo Ruffini Is Reinventing Moncler for a Faster Fashion World," 8 Oct. 2018 Ignore the god-awful Buddha-goes-to-Vegas museum and facade, and instead take the 15-minute climb to the temples. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Asbestos was crucial to ancient Greek society, where the stuff was used within pottery, napkins, insulation, clothing, and even symbolic eternal flames within temples dedicated to Greek gods, which would burn slowly on asbestos wicks. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018 But Ambani has just spent a god-awful amount of money investing in a new telecoms outfit called Reliance Geo. Recode Staff, Recode, "How India fits into the global economy: It may not be China, but at least it isn’t Russia," 4 Aug. 2018 This Summer, Invest In...Sandals Seriously: there's never been a better time to buy some design-god beachwear. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "This Summer, Invest In...Sandals," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

My god comfort his family and friends, and may god continue to bless the United States of America. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Vice President Mike Pence Pays Tribute to John McCain in Speech at His Memorial Service," 31 Aug. 2018 But may god forgive the literary critic who swallows the guff of Twenge and her ilk. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "American Authors Are Swearing More. So What?," 11 Aug. 2017 A little floofy, but Shu Uemura's Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil tamps it down into honest to god blow-out waves. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Straightening Brush Takes Me From Curly to Smooth in 20 Minutes Flat," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of god

Noun

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

Verb

1595, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for god

Noun

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

Verb

see god entry 1

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god

noun

English Language Learners Definition of god

God : the perfect and all-powerful spirit or being that is worshipped especially by Christians, Jews, and Muslims as the one who created and rules the universe

: a spirit or being that has great power, strength, knowledge, etc., and that can affect nature and the lives of people : one of various spirits or beings worshipped in some religions

: a person and especially a man who is greatly loved or admired

god

noun
\ˈgäd \

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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