worship

verb
wor·ship | \ ˈwər-shəp also ˈwȯr- \
worshipped also worshiped; worshipping also worshiping

Definition of worship 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to honor or reverence 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for worship

Synonyms: Verb

adore, cherish, love

Synonyms: Noun

adulation, deification, hero worship, idolatry, idolization, worshipping (also worshiping)

Antonyms: Verb

abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe

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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

Unlike the leftist rebels of earlier generations, these women worship Ronald Reagan and not, say, Gloria Steinem or Hilary Rodham Clinton. Elinor Burkett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kellyanne Conway Has Been Quietly Revolutionizing D.C. Since the Late '90s," 3 Feb. 2017 Having gone to worship with my mother for most of my life, hearing this from her was consistent with what our church believed. Jasmine Burnett, The Root, "A (Midwestern) Black Lesbian’s Reflections on 20 Years of Being ‘Family’," 28 June 2018 The author is a 40-year-old who, as a Midwestern teenager flipping through the radio dials, came to worship Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Was Classic Rock a Sound, or a Tribe?," 28 May 2018 The churches, one black, one white, have come together for the last 15 yrs to worship together. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Rev. C. Mackey Daniels, civil rights leader and Louisville pastor, dies," 19 May 2018 Salonathon has always felt like an artistic sanctuary, a safe place to worship and embrace the creative spirit, and the final event last Monday in the hallowed, sparkly halls of Beauty Bar was no different. Allison Ziemba, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts Salonathon ends its weekly performance series with a joyous celebration," 15 Feb. 2018 Inside the Lions' headquarters, the trappings were easy to spot: the podium that served as a lectern; the banners affixed with symbols to worship; the congregation nodding in anticipation; the new coach serving as a priest. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Lions' hiring of Matt Patricia means a lot of hope, a little faith," 8 Feb. 2018 Back in August, Tiffany announced her engagement to worship pastor Josiah Capaci, two years after Chris Carney, her husband and father of her boys, died in a tragic car accident. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato's Cutest Fan Is Her "Sonny with a Chance" Co-Star's Son," 6 Oct. 2017 On Sunday morning, after the hymns, greetings and breaking of bread, Father Leo Perez asked all fathers, grandfathers, spiritual fathers and padrinos worshiping at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto to stand and be blessed. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Special Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto celebrates fathers," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Originally based in Australia, the church brought its house of worship to New York City (Bieber’s congregation) in 2010. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Hillsong: All About the Church That's Attracted the Likes of Justin Bieber and Chris Pratt," 9 July 2018 The Church of England owns some of the most impressive houses of worship in the world, with towering facades and spires that have drawn in the faithful for close to 500 years. Robert Stevens, The Christian Science Monitor, "Church of England's outreach effort may mean end of 'snobbishness'," 5 July 2018 The Church of England owns some of the most impressive houses of worship in the world, with towering facades and spires that have drawn in the faithful for close to 500 years. Robert Stevens, Fox News, "Church of England seeks revival in newer Christian faiths," 5 July 2018 Altar boys help priests during worship in many ways, carrying the Bible, candles, cross, water and wine as part of church rituals. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Father Faucher's fall from grace: Once a respected priest, now he holds Mass in jail," 4 June 2018 The pastors had spent several days at a meeting in the capital and were returning to their homes and places of worship in the province of Holguin. BostonGlobe.com, "Coffeyville, KS: This Tiny, Unknown Company Is Disrupting A $91 Billion Industry," 19 May 2018 Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, founded when North Carolina was still a British colony, is the second oldest house of worship in Mecklenburg County. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Taco shop to open first NC location in new southwest Charlotte development," 5 Feb. 2018 Bayonne Muslims claimed its application was treated more harshly than those filed by Christian churches in meeting zoning requirements for houses of worship in residential areas, court papers said. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "New Jersey city to settle lawsuit over denied mosque," 1 Feb. 2018 The city's zoning ordinance supports houses of worship in similar circumstances because religious uses are viewed as compatible with neighborhoods. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel mosque decision is delayed after public packs zoning meeting," 22 Jan. 2018

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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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worship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of worship

 (Entry 1 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

worship

verb

English Language Learners Definition of worship (Entry 2 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
wor·ship | \ ˈwər-shəp \

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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