\ 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


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


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

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bordering on faith: San Diego spiritual leaders wrestle with the morality of immigration," 1 July 2018 It is said a society builds its highest monuments to its greatest gods. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Easing into the Netherlands with pickled herring and a polite red-light district | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 AljonaSavchenko, in her fifth Olympic Games, wept with joy after skating a masterful pairs routine with partner Bruno Massot to climb back from fourth place and finally win her first Olympic god. The Si Staff, SI.com, "The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments From Every Sport at the 2018 Olympic Games," 24 Feb. 2018 The god of such things wisely sited Fifth Water Hot Springs (801-798-3571) around 2 miles into an ascending hike, along a dappled path drawn beneath a canopy of maples and cottonwoods. Sunset, "Go on a Hot Springs Adventure in the Utah Desert," 22 Jan. 2018 Several frolicsome paintings, in a gallery papered with velvety purple wallpaper and devoted to amorous pursuits, exult in the erotic lives of gods and nobles. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 To be a believer is to live in a world of gods and monsters, good and evil, chaos and order. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018 Their father loved Norse mythology and started calling all the kids by names of gods and goddesses. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "‘Wake’ explores life, death issues through quirky characters," 29 May 2018 As the traditional industry has deconstructed, fame increasingly narrowed to a small minority of bands, this generation of fans have continued to support and eagerly anticipate the raw, unfiltered experience of their rock gods. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, Alien Ant Farm to play Naperville Last Fling," 16 Apr. 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


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


1595, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for god


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


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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


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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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alleviating pain or harshness

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