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 The professor of Byzantine history notes that the first act an Ottoman sultan would take when entering a Byzantine city would be to convert the main Christian cathedral into a house of Muslim worship. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Hagia Sophia stripped of museum status, paving its return to a mosque," 10 July 2020 Yet from the earliest phases of the pandemic, and continuing to this day, some worship services and other religious activities have been identified as sources of local outbreaks. oregonlive, "Church outbreaks pose challenge for coronavirus containment," 12 July 2020 Emerson noted that only 1% of White Christians worship in a racially mixed or predominantly African American church. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Why Black Christians are bracing for a 'whitelash'," 10 July 2020 Most people worship with others; an assembly or petition of one isn’t worth much; the institutions of the press are, again, associations; and individual speech is functionally inert unless some group chooses to offer a venue or a platform. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism," 6 July 2020 Before the coronavirus lockdown suspended services after March 10, First Baptist Church of Tillmans Corner had an average of about 850 weekly attendance at Sunday worship services. al, "Mobile church hit with coronavirus cancels services, moves back online," 2 July 2020 McClure’s church has gradually opened its Sunday worship in the past two weeks, first only allowing clergy and then their families. Washington Post, "Prince George’s lifts more restrictions as region’s falling virus caseload begins to flatten," 29 June 2020 Hymnals and other papers or worship aids must be removed from pews. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Sunday Masses to resume in Dallas Catholic diocese, with reservations required," 24 June 2020 Hubbard discusses the spiritual moment of the pandemic and national unrest, his message to anyone looking for God now and when his church might worship in person again. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Outbreak Alabama: Where is God right now?," 23 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Face masks will also now be mandatory in more indoor settings, such as movie theaters, museums and places of worship beginning Aug. 8. Washington Post, "With coronavirus cases rising, Britain imposes new restrictions and slows r...," 31 July 2020 Face masks will also now be mandatory in more indoor settings, such as movie theaters, museums, and places of worship beginning Aug. 8. BostonGlobe.com, "Vietnam reports first-ever virus death after renewed outbreak," 31 July 2020 The rule also applies to office buildings, restaurants, gyms, houses of worship, and other commercial locations. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Maryland requires residents to wear masks in public and advises against travel to hot spots," 29 July 2020 The group is planning similar worship events at Engaging Heaven Church in New London, Conn., on Friday, July 17; Washington Square Park in New York City on Saturday; and at Calvary Tabernacle Church in Cranford, N.J. on Sunday. Fox News, "Hundreds protest California’s singing ban at Golden Gate Bridge: ‘Let us worship’," 14 July 2020 Some churches, through their physical attributes and the decisions of their leaders, have been able to minimize risks as worship resumes. David Crary, Anchorage Daily News, "Churches amid the pandemic: Some outbreaks, many challenges," 12 July 2020 Some churches, through their physical attributes and the decisions of their leaders, have been able to minimize risks as worship resumes. oregonlive, "Church outbreaks pose challenge for coronavirus containment," 12 July 2020 Following worship at Yeatman's Cove, the group made their way towards Fountain Square as temperatures hovered above 80 degrees. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "'Don't get weary, children.' Pastors across the Tri-State come together to pray for racial justice," 11 July 2020 The return of the Hagia Sophia to a place of active worship would not necessarily preclude World Heritage status. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Hagia Sophia stripped of museum status, paving its return to a mosque," 10 July 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

Noun

Middle English worshipe worthiness, respect, reverence paid to a divine being, from Old English weorthscipe worthiness, respect, from weorth worthy, worth + -scipe -ship

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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

5 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Worship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worship. Accessed 12 Aug. 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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