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

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 New Square has fifteen sister cities—to worship with him. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 Bibles and other religious texts got a pass after U.S. publishers and Christian groups argued that tariffs would infringe upon the freedom to worship around the globe. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Bibles but Not Textbooks: Trump’s Tariff Exemptions Pick Winners and Losers," 22 Aug. 2019 The song describes a royal procession during the Raj Jat—a pilgrimage held in the region every 12 years to worship the goddess Nanda Devi—that defiled the holy landscape with dancing girls. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "DNA study deepens mystery of lake full of skeletons," 20 Aug. 2019 Founded by Brian and Bobbie Houston in Sydney, Australia, in the '80s, Hillsong Church now hosts services across the globe, and is known for its focus on music as central to worship. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Universal Music Publishing Allies With Celeb-Backed Hillsong Church in Europe," 15 Aug. 2019 In Goethe’s Faust, the great man’s servant invites him to worship at the political altar and find his true self in the embrace of the mob. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Infernal Art of the Deal," 6 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, money is the only god many people seem to worship these days. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "‘You kids get off my lawn!’: The best comments this week on seattletimes.com," 2 Aug. 2019 But true songcraft scholars worship The Brothers Gibb’s earlier, less flashy ’60s work. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Jason Isbell records with disco icon Barry Gibb," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Imams were sent from the Middle East to supervise the new places of worship. The Economist, "Confessions of an Islamic State fighter," 16 Aug. 2019 In Your Shot photographer Michele N.’s image of a woman praying in Cambodia, also during Eid al-Adha, light is used to guide our eyes across her white form to her hand held up in worship. Kristen Mcnicholas, National Geographic, "Your best photos of the week, August 16, 2019," 16 Aug. 2019 One evening the group performed the Spiral Dance, a ritual named after a book of the same title by Starhawk, an early leader in goddess worship from the Bay Area. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Crystals, healing, acceptance: Inside the world of Michigan's witches," 2 Aug. 2019 There was never any kind of worship of the philosophy of Charles Manson. Los Angeles Times, "Charles Manson’s murderous imprint on L.A. endures as other killers have come and gone," 28 July 2019 This piece dates to the sixth century B.C., during the last neo-Babylonian era, when religious worship of the moon was common. Shannon Stirone, New York Times, "Imagining the Moon," 9 July 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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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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