worship

verb
wor·​ship | \ ˈwər-shəp How to pronounce worship (audio) also ˈwȯr- \
worshipped also worshiped; worshipping also worshiping

Definition of worship

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to honor or show reverence for as a divine being or supernatural power
2 : to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion a celebrity worshipped by her fans

intransitive verb

: to perform or take part in worship or an act of worship

worship

noun

Definition of worship (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power also : an act of expressing such reverence
2 : a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual
3 : extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem worship of the dollar
4 chiefly British : a person of importance used as a title for various officials (such as magistrates and some mayors)

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Other Words from worship

Verb

worshipper or less commonly worshiper noun

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Verb

revere, reverence, venerate, worship, adore mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully. revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling. a professor revered by her students reverence presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a similar depth of feeling in the one honoring. reverenced the academy's code of honor venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age. heroes still venerated worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony. worships their memory adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment. we adored our doctor

Examples of worship in a Sentence

Verb Many ancient cultures worshipped the sun and moon. They worship at this temple. I worship God in my own way. Noun worship of gods and goddesses Worship services are held daily. the media's worship of celebrities
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb QAnon is a conspiracy theory that falsely claims the world is run by a secret cabal of child-eating Democrats and Hollywood celebrities who worship Satan, and that President Donald Trump is fighting a secret war to stop them. NBC News, "QAnon accounts make a dent in voting discussion on Twitter," 16 Oct. 2020 With church meetinghouses and temples closed, members had no choice but to worship at home. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "For BYU athletes like football player Chandon Herring, the pandemic has focused his faith on ‘what matters most’," 28 Sep. 2020 The people arrived with strollers, bicycles, picnic blankets and dogs and raised their arms toward the cloudless sky to pray and sing along to worship songs. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha updates: Small group continues protest, while police arrest some past curfew," 27 Aug. 2020 And like the stone work on the outside of the church, the interior treasurers add to the religious experience and ambiance for those who come here to worship. Barry Adams, Star Tribune, "A temporary view in Roxbury as its church gets an upgrade," 17 Aug. 2020 For Denver’s Catholics, abiding COVID-19 safety rules, including staying home to worship on Easter Sunday, is an act of charity because doing so keeps others safe, said Mark Haas, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Denver. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "2020 Easter services switch from sunrise gatherings to private moments at home," 11 Apr. 2020 The church hosted a two-plus day worship conference for 325 people starting on Sept. 30. Erin Rode, USA TODAY, "In California: State discourages trick-or-treating; GOP says it may add more ballot drop boxes," 14 Oct. 2020 Then the remnants of an extreme religious sect from Earth, the Mithraic, who worship Sol, find their way to the same planet aboard a spaceship, or ark, called Heaven. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Raised by Wolves squanders early promise with clumsy, bizarre finale," 2 Oct. 2020 The Faizabad court orders the opening of the locks, paving the way for Hindus to access and worship at the site. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A timeline of the Babri-Ayodhya case—from land dispute to criminal conspiracy," 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Additional internal emails reviewed by NBC News showed that CDC staffers were admonished for early drafts of guidelines penned in the spring that advised against houses of worship holding in-person gatherings. NBC News, "'Toxic': CDC staffers say morale inside the public health agency has plummeted during the pandemic," 25 Oct. 2020 The Constitution mentions religion in only three contexts: freedom of worship, no state establishment of religion, and no religious test for office. Arkansas Online, "Upside down," 24 Oct. 2020 Hundreds of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan fled the country in September after a gunman loyal to the militant group killed 25 members of the shrinking community in an attack on their share a place of worship in Kabul. Tameem Akhgar, Star Tribune, "Attack in Kabul kills 18; al-Qaida leader killed in Ghazni," 24 Oct. 2020 The city’s storefronts and places of worship were repurposed every few decades, by Germans, East-European Jews, Poles, and Latinos, with each successive generation adding a layer, like rings inside a tree. Elisabeth Zerofsky, The New Yorker, "Will Trump’s “Law and Order” Message Work in Wisconsin?," 24 Oct. 2020 Colorado set guidelines earlier this year for places of worship that include ensuring all attendees wear face coverings. Raja Razek And Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Two Colorado churches win lawsuit against state's Covid-19 mask and crowd limit requirements," 23 Oct. 2020 The minister then comes on as well as the organist to provide a COVID-safe worship service. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 25 Sep. 2020 Feucht claims that 12,000 people showed up to a Sept. 6 worship service outside the California capitol in Sacramento, which featured music, speeches, sermons and baptisms. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An evangelical activist could draw big crowds to Milwaukee, Madison and Kenosha as Wisconsin reaches record COVID-19 cases," 14 Sep. 2020 The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe will reopen its campus for an outdoor worship service 10 a.m. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Assistance League thrift shop raises money at sidewalk sale ...community news," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of worship

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for worship

Verb

Middle English worþschipen, worschepen, worshippen "to hold in honor, esteem, show respect for, revere (a deity), conduct religious rites," derivative of wurðscip, worschip "honor, esteem, religious faith, rank, value" — more at worship entry 2

Noun

Middle English wurðscip, worschip "honor, esteem, renown, veneration, religious faith, a person's social standing, rank, value," going back to Old English weorþscipe, wurþscipe "honor, esteem, veneration, dignity," from weorþ, wyrþ, as noun "value" and as adjective "valuable, having status, deserving" + -scipe -ship — more at worth entry 1, worth entry 3

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Time Traveler for worship

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

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Last Updated

28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Worship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worship. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for worship

worship

verb
How to pronounce worship (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of worship

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to honor or respect (someone or something) as a god
: to show respect and love for God or for a god especially by praying, having religious services, etc.
: to love or honor (someone or something) very much or too much

worship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of worship (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god : the act of worshipping God or a god
: excessive admiration for someone
British used as a title when addressing or referring to certain officials (such as mayors and magistrates) used with his, her, your, or their

worship

noun
wor·​ship | \ ˈwər-shəp How to pronounce worship (audio) \

Kids Definition of worship

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : deep respect toward God, a god, or a sacred object
2 : too much respect or admiration

worship

verb
worshipped also worshiped; worshipping also worshiping

Kids Definition of worship (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to honor or respect as a divine being
2 : to regard with respect, honor, or devotion She worships her son.
3 : to take part in worship or an act of worship

Other Words from worship

worshipper or worshiper noun

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