worship

verb
wor·​ship | \ ˈwər-shəp also ˈwȯr- How to pronounce worship (audio) \
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 This natural wonder is home to two temples, and Buddhists come here to worship and take in the beauty of China's most biodiverse mountain reserve. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Wildfire helpers, a famous cat and some adorable costumes," 2 Nov. 2019 Jurgen Klopp has been the architect of their success in recent seasons, giving the Kop a new icon to worship. SI.com, "The 8 Teams That Have Won More Than 200 European Matches," 24 Oct. 2019 Every week, Muslim migrants from Africa and the Middle East gather at the Playas de Tijuana neighborhood to worship in the city’s only mosque. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A group of Latina women are building a shelter for Muslim migrants in Tijuana," 19 Oct. 2019 Jefferson thought the government should not tell Americans how or even whether to worship. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Attorney General William Barr to nonbelievers: Go to hell," 17 Oct. 2019 The novel follows three narrators: the sinister Aunt Lydia, a young Gileadian girl who becomes increasingly disenchanted with the country she was raised to worship, and a teenager in Toronto whose family is entrenched in Mayday’s operations. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Booker Prize names two 2019 winners, Bernardine Evaristo becomes first black woman to win," 14 Oct. 2019 Either way, there will be something else to worship soon enough. Ed Hammondbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: When deal genius fails: Hard lessons from 3G, Valeant and SoftBank," 4 Oct. 2019 To worship in the Modern Orthodox Jewish faith is to practice Jewish law while living out modern lives. Jimmy Lovrien, Twin Cities, "Homeless man admitted starting Duluth synagogue fire, said he tried to put it out by spitting on it, charges say," 16 Sep. 2019 To worship in the Modern Orthodox Jewish faith is to practice Jewish law while living out modern lives. Adelle Whitefoot, Twin Cities, "Suspect named in Duluth synagogue fire, but authorities aren’t calling it a hate crime," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reeves’ starring role as some sort of tumbleweed spirit guide-like deity, which only made the internet ascend to a higher level of worship. Time, "The Internet Has Ascended to a Higher Level of Existence on the Wings of the Memes of Keanu Reeves the Tumbleweed Spirit Guide," 15 Nov. 2019 Now a Guggenheim fellow, Machado was once conditioned to accept that zaftig women are undeserving of worship. Washington Post, "Haunted by humiliation, Carmen Maria Machado breaks form to address domestic abuse," 5 Nov. 2019 The house of worship was partially burned in both the 13th and 14th centuries, and when the Wars of Religion raged between France’s Protestant Huguenots and Roman Catholics in the 16th century, the church was pillaged. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Thieves Ram Into Medieval French Cathedral, Making Off With Trove of Relics," 5 Nov. 2019 That impulse begot the thought that perhaps the one worthy of worship was other than Kanye West. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Kanye West’s Reactionary Turn Isn’t Just an Act," 4 Nov. 2019 Each year the program is held at a different house of worship. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Faith Together program brings together local houses of worship in Woodlands," 1 Nov. 2019 The scream of worship now meets the muffle of doctrine on Jesus Is King, a stunningly extreme and empty album. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Kanye West Strains His Voice on Jesus Is King," 29 Oct. 2019 His performances also transformed into grandiose houses of worship. Gerrick D. Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, "Commentary: Kanye West preaches a message of love and faith on ‘Jesus Is King.’ Too bad about the messenger.," 29 Oct. 2019 Their places of worship began to be targeted in a move that was criticized even by Al Qaeda. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader Known for His Brutality, Is Dead at 48," 27 Oct. 2019

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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

24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Worship.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worship?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=worshi01. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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