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

But there was an extremely limited supply, brought to Earth only by the occasional extraterrestrial delivery, making this metal of the gods more valuable than gems or gold. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Saloons, cafes and cabarets were all the scene last night of festivities which will live long in the memory of all past disciples of the wine god. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 1, 1919: Prohibition begins," 1 July 2018 Their hunt throws them into conflict with bands of mercenaries, corrupt police officers, and some of the gods that inhabit Dinétah. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Trail of Lightning is a breathtaking Native American urban fantasy adventure," 26 June 2018 The entertaining look became viewed as an unwise temptation of the baseball gods. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Uecker Trip' dress-up theme the latest in great Brewers airplane attire," 18 June 2018 This question presupposes that sports team owners belong in a pantheon — a temple of the gods. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ranking the best team owners in Bay Area sports history," 12 June 2018 Neither player is a god, yet the pressure both have had placed upon them is biblical. SI.com, "Messi vs Ronaldo: The Myth of the One-Man Team & the Overwhelming Importance of Trust," 2 July 2018 The collection includes digitally made portraits of around 40 modern soccer superstars dressed in military and royal uniforms dating back to the 19th century, intertwined among sculptures of ancient gods, made about 200 years ago. Washington Post, "Gods of soccer: Ronaldo, Messi like you’ve never seen them," 30 June 2018 The title tale from this collection of short stories about the death of old deities reveals that Earth was given over to an angry, insane god. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "5 Great Works From Acclaimed Sci-Fi Author Harlan Ellison, Who Died at 84," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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