god

noun
\ 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

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

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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 Earth is the sole planet not named after a Greek or Roman god or goddess. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Hum, sing, whistle, breathe: Sun Messages," 19 Apr. 2021 Her late husband—friend, adviser, sailor, grouch, almost an orphan, and perhaps a god—would surely wish for no less. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Prince Philip’s Death and the Last Embers of British Stoicism," 9 Apr. 2021 An intaglio from the 1400s, for example might depict a sacrifice to the Roman god Janus. Lia Picard, House Beautiful, "The Young Creative Making an Ancient Roman Design Cool Again," 2 Apr. 2021 The bottle is adorned with flowers that represent the Fifth Sun, a pre-Hispanic god representing the origin of the universe, according to a statement by Clase Azul Spirits. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Luxury Tequila Brand Is Honoring a Lesser-known Region of Mexico With a New Mezcal," 29 Mar. 2021 All along, Wednesday has been manipulating events to lead precisely to Shadow's lethal vigil, because that blood sacrifice has now returned Wednesday to his full power as the Norse god Odin. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Neil Gaiman reflects on American Gods season 3, teases what could come in potential season 4," 22 Mar. 2021 The Sumerians, who first put stylus to stone more than 5,000 years ago, used the star symbol to denote a king or a god on cuneiform tablets. Cory Oldweiler, Star Tribune, "Review: 'First Light: Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time,' by Emma Chapman," 19 Feb. 2021 There is an Eola, Texas, population about 200, reportedly inspired by a small creek named for Aeolus, Greek god of the winds. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "Historic Orlando park attracts breezes, bard, visions of growth," 4 Apr. 2021 Eventually the building was torn down and in its place rose a temple to a different god: the city’s first multilevel parking garage. Washington Post, "In 1899, tourists to D.C. could visit Egypt and Rome at the Halls of the Ancients," 3 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thunder and rain persisted through scenes of the approach and arrival of the furious storm god Wotan, and gradually abated along with his anger. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Andris Nelsons, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra bring the thunder with ‘Walküre’," 29 July 2019 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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Time Traveler for god

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

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23 Apr 2021

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“God.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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