\ 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


godded; godding

Definition of god (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat as a god : idolize, deify

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Everyone who won a medal in The World Games Birmingham also received a trophy in the shape of the Roman god of fire and the forge. Joseph Goodman, al, 16 July 2022 Jeff Goldblum, who has long exuded an otherworldly air of authority and wisdom, will become a god amongst men for his next role. Nick Romano, EW.com, 14 July 2022 Love and Thunder never leaps the heights of its predecessor, but there is plenty of fun to be had, with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) having to team up with his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), now wielding Mjolnir and the powers of a god. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 9 July 2022 Darius are the opposing kings, while Greek goddess Athena and the Persian god of war are the respective queens. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 24 June 2022 On Twitter, Sharma said her words were a response to derogatory comments made during the debate about a Hindu god. Helen Regan And Esha Mitra, CNN, 10 June 2022 Yet, in last summer’s six-part series, the Norse god of mischief (Tom Hiddleston) is also playing with time, which suggested more unusual sounds: the wailing of a theremin and its equally eerie French cousin, the ondes Martenot. Jon Burlingame, Variety, 5 June 2022 Finally, there are the incredibly deep seafloor trenches known as the hadal zone, named after Hades, Greek god of the underworld. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 21 July 2022 The Jurassic World Dominion star is the latest in a long line of lofty actors to play Greek god Zeus. Nick Romano, EW.com, 14 July 2022 See More

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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

Noun and Verb

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

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

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9 Aug 2022

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“God.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for god


\ 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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