god

noun
\ ˈgäd also ˈgȯd How to pronounce god (audio) \

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

deity, divinity

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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

Russell Westbrook becoming available may be seen as a gift from the basketball gods, blessing us with an opportunity to acquire a second star in Miami. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Readers make their cases against a Westbrook trade," 8 July 2019 But that would be a sweet play by the baseball gods, Kiz, if team-first LeMahieu’s rise to national prominence could give Walker even the slightest boost. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman vs. Kiz: Can DJ LeMahieu get Larry Walker elected to the Hall of Fame?," 1 July 2019 The metal mavens at Hartford’s Webster Theater have a working knowledge of Greek gods, since mythic themes feature so heavily in that music. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "The Nine Muses Of Summer In Connecticut: A Divine Arts Preview," 24 June 2019 Having devoted her best years to a god that failed, Wanda is concerned that Anna may be on the verge of making a similarly misguided commitment. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 And, in the name of the baseball gods: No wave this series. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Kiz vs. Newman: Should the Rockies ban Cubs fans from Coors Field?," 10 June 2019 A few years ago, the video replay was only in the possession of the gods; that is to say, the television cameras. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "How to make the case for and against VAR—video assistant referee—in the beautiful game," 10 June 2019 Each episodic adventure brings a new world (a planet where an Orville officer is worshiped as a god) or allegory (a society that metes out justice based on people’s reputation online). John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘The Orville’ and Its Vintage Vibe Fill the Void for Some ‘Star Trek’ Fans," 26 Dec. 2018 Ancient Greeks saw aether as the god of light and the fifth element of the universe. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 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 and Verb

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

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god

noun

English Language Learners Definition of 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 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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