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

Choose the Right Synonym for worship

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

At the center of the scheme, a guru named Obie Garbeau II (Ted Levine) is blindly worshiped by Cody and other top sellers. Author: Hank Stuever, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: We’re buying what Kirsten Dunst is selling in ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’," 22 Aug. 2019 At the center of the scheme, a guru named Obie Garbeau II (Ted Levine), is blindly worshiped by Cody and other top sellers. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "We’re buying what Kirsten Dunst is selling in ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’," 22 Aug. 2019 Most Panacans worship together at an LDS church right smack in the center of town. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019 Hindus worship Lord Ganesha as a god of wisdom and remover of obstacles. Fox News, "Missouri brewery removes Hindu deity from beer artwork," 3 Aug. 2018 Piper, who’s 17, knows that Father is a Prophet and head of a congregation that worships him. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Mysteries, folktales, history and adventure: Fall brings heaps of new books from Minnesota authors and publishers," 3 Sep. 2019 The sites, the apps, the ubiquitous platforms: Computers run the show now, and we—mere data subjects, in the EU's unflattering phrase—work for and worship them. Wired, "How Fans Are Remaking Entertainment in Their Own Image," 19 Aug. 2019 New Harmony under the Rappites was about religious servitude and faith; under the Owenites, the town worshipped knowledge and equality. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This small Indiana town is a hotbed of utopianism," 5 Aug. 2019 Three Orthodox clerics wanted to worship together: one was under Moscow’s authority, another under Istanbul’s and the other under the Romanian Patriarchate, which is friendly with both rivals. The Economist, "Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Places of worship are singled out for mass-casualty attacks. Washington Post, "Baghdadi urges followers to continue attacks, storm prisons in purported new recording," 16 Sep. 2019 Establishments that sell or serve liquor have to be located 100 feet from schools and places of worship. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Northbrook Plan Commission signals initial support for recreational cannabis businesses in commercial areas, but not on-site consumption," 5 Sep. 2019 The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was called in to assist with the investigation, Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said -- a standard move for fires involving places of worship. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Suspect in Minnesota synagogue fire tried to put it out, police say," 16 Sep. 2019 Faith leaders in the Sanctuary Movement used their houses of worship as places where immigrants could live in order to avoid arrest and deportation. Elizabeth King, Allure, "These Immigration Activists Prove On-the-Ground Support Is Crucial Amid Ongoing ICE Raids," 12 Sep. 2019 The donations will be in memory of his son, Scott, formerly of Burnsville, who died last year and loved worship music. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Mission to host first ‘Worship to Fight Homelessness’ event," 2 Sep. 2019 Recent shootings in places of worship include a gunman who killed 11 during services last October at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. NBC News, "Mormon church: No guns in church," 27 Aug. 2019 Houses of worship have been targeted in mass shootings in Pittsburgh, Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Charleston, South Carolina in recent years. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Mormon church clarifies gun policy: No lethal weapons on church property," 27 Aug. 2019 Filling the sanctuary of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Sykesville with songs of worship has been the duty of Betty Ely May for 64 years. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "'She’s our matriarch’: Sykesville woman honored by church for six decades of music," 19 Aug. 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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The first known use of worship was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for worship

worship

verb

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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