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 That exposition: With Pius laid up, idol-worshipping cults have risen and Islamic terrorists have issued threats. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The New Pope’s Old Magic," 8 Jan. 2020 In Oregon’s Pinot Noir-worshiping Willamette Valley, Brianne Day has emerged as one of the leading interpreters of alternative grape varieties and wine styles, making everything from Primitivo pet-nat to Malbec-Tannat rosé. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Winemakers to Watch," 8 Dec. 2019 Cut from the same youth-worshiping crisp cotton of Calvin Klein, Elliot doesn’t appreciate this unexpected intrusion. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Idina Menzel lights up the sexy-neurotic comedy ‘Skintight’ at the Geffen Playhouse," 13 Sep. 2019 Yet worshipping silently — in ASL — is standard fare at Gallaudet, the world’s premier college for the deaf and hard of hearing. Washington Post, "At Gallaudet University, deaf culture and faith mix," 28 Dec. 2019 Links between religion and animals are seen in other communities; for instance, communities in Western Maharashtra worship a deity called Waghoba which takes the form of a leopard or tiger. Bhanu Sridharan, Quartz India, "In a Himalayan Indian village, “leopards escort humans safely”," 24 Dec. 2019 That interview does not, however, reflect the actual views of those who worship, work and serve with the Salvation Army, a nonprofit that is actually a church. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: The good the Salvation Army does without discrimination," 3 Dec. 2019 Wiccans worship several gods or goddesses which include mother earth and father sky. cleveland, "What is Cleveland’s Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick?," 22 Nov. 2019 Both were brash, outspoken, greenback worshipping, tabloid icons obsessed with building taller, shinier skyscrapers. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The symbolic perfection of Trump as a Florida man," 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The congregation held a private worship service inside the sanctuary to pray for their fallen church members Monday night. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "As families prepare to bury those slain in a Texas church shooting, the minister asks for continued prayers," 31 Dec. 2019 Part concert/part religious worship service, West hosts the event on Sundays where a choir, dancers and some Hollywood faves gather. Andrea Wurzburger, PEOPLE.com, "Can I Get An Amen? Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt and Every Other Celeb Who Has Attended Kanye West's Sunday Service," 23 Dec. 2019 Paxton joined other Texas officials in hailing the state's gun laws, which allow weapons in places of worship. Arkansas Online, "Firearms instructor took out gunman at Texas church service," 31 Dec. 2019 After the shooting, Texas officials hailed the state’s gun laws, including a measure enacted this year that affirmed the right of licensed handgun holders to carry a weapon in places of worship, unless the facility bans them. Washington Post, "Firearms instructor took out gunman at Texas church service," 31 Dec. 2019 Those laws allow weapons in places of worship unless the facility bans them. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Texas church had fed gunman who opened fire during service, was watching him before rampage," 31 Dec. 2019 Texas officials hailed the state's gun laws, including a measure enacted this year that affirmed the right of licensed handgun holders to carry a weapon inside places of worship unless a facility bans them. Jake Bleiberg, Anchorage Daily News, "Texas church gunman was known to congregation as needy," 31 Dec. 2019 That led Texas politicians to praise a recent law that allowed guns to be carried in places of worship. Daniella Silva, NBC News, "Texas church shooting and Hanukkah stabbing spur calls for increased security at places of worship," 30 Dec. 2019 More and more Christian houses of worship are live-streaming their services or offering them on YouTube or in audio recordings, and on Monday (Dec. 16), the Pew Research Center released an analysis of 49,719 of those online sermons. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Online sermons reveal differences in how Christians in the US worship," 17 Dec. 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

20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Worship.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worshipped. Accessed 22 January 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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