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 monotone of the muezzin beckoning Muslims to worship five times a day is usually accompanied by a rush to close stores. Donna Abu-nasr, Bloomberg.com, "Saudi Prayers No Longer Disrupt Shopping in Time of Coronavirus," 20 May 2020 Right to work/Right to worship/Right to free speech/Right to be free. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Deranged Civic Religion of the Lockdown Protesters," 18 May 2020 In the lawsuit, the group argues Hogan is violating the constitutional rights of individuals to gather to worship or engage in free speech. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "What are the current restrictions in the DMV?," 8 May 2020 The result is a new kind of masterpiece: easy to like, easier to worship. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Midnight Gospel is a heartfelt cosmic masterpiece: Review," 7 May 2020 Still, community members won’t be able to gather in person to worship. Zayna Syed, Dallas News, "As Ramadan nears, North Texas Muslims confront the impact of COVID-19," 22 Apr. 2020 The congregants at Rock Church aren’t the first to worship drive-in style; Christianity caught up to car culture a while ago. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "Honk Twice for Hallelujah: What Church Looks Like in the Parking Lot," 18 Apr. 2020 How churches are adapting for Easter services: Pastors and priests are trying new technology and approaches to worship on Easter Sunday with parishioners. Indystar Staff, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis coronavirus updates: What you need to know for the weekend," 11 Apr. 2020 For centuries, pilgrims from far and wide have converged on this city to worship, and to celebrate the day central to their faith. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Jobless claims soared. So did stocks. What’s behind this week’s markets moves?," 10 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ongoing stay-at-home orders prompted President Donald Trump on Friday to deem houses of worship essential. NBC News, "Chicago won't begin to loosen restrictions for several weeks," 24 May 2020 Is my house of worship allowed to hold in-person services? Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what you need to know about in-person religious services in Milwaukee as suburban orders expire," 22 May 2020 Referring to the one-mile square area as a containment zone, Cuomo said the effort would focus on places where large numbers of people congregate, such as social clubs or places of worship. Bloomberg.com, "Italy Cases Top 10,000; N.Y. Aims for Containment: Virus Update," 16 May 2020 You may be asked to change patterns of worship that have come to mean a great deal to your personal spirituality. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "No singing and lots of social distance: What Mass will look like when Cleveland churches reopen May 25," 15 May 2020 Such closures threaten the financial viability of some houses of worship. Michael A. Helfand, WSJ, "Washington Should Fund Ministers’ Salaries," 16 Apr. 2020 Houses of worship will also forgo collection plates in favor of containers that will be placed at the entrance of each church. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Italy gives go-ahead for Catholic masses to resume May 18," 9 May 2020 The carve-out for houses of worship comes as authorities across the U.S. have cited religious leaders for violating social-distancing guidelines meant to blunt the spread of the new coronavirus. Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg.com, "Florida Follows Others in Allowing Church Amid Stay-Home Order," 8 May 2020 The District and Virginia allow residents to travel to places of worship, but most services have been canceled because of the limitations on gatherings in the region. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "What are the current restrictions in the DMV?," 8 May 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

25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Worship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worship. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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