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 After all, fame is what Californians supposedly worship. Mark Z. Barabak, Star Tribune, "Caitlyn Jenner can't run for governor on celebrity alone," 28 Apr. 2021 Towne View now has eight LGBTQ members and five who worship regularly but have not yet joined. Andrew J. Yawn, USA TODAY, "A Georgia church, kicked out of the SBC for allowing gay members, wants to make sure 'everybody’s welcome'," 5 Apr. 2021 The best content marketers worship at the altar of clarity and brevity. Tony M Fountain, Forbes, "Igniting Online Business Success: Five Best Practices," 12 Apr. 2021 Why would a devout Christian, Jew or Muslim worship in such a place when Berlin has regular churches, synagogues and mosques? Joseph D’hippolito, WSJ, "Berlin’s New Church of Nothing," 8 Apr. 2021 Today Lutherans worship mainly in the country’s west, and Russian Orthodox in the east. The Economist, "Baltic bards Latvia’s ancient poetry is getting its first major translation," 31 Mar. 2021 Virtual Good Friday worship at 7 p.m. on facebook.com/sandieguitoumc or www.encinitaschurch.com. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Faith communities prepare for Holy Week and Passover in North County," 25 Mar. 2021 Yet reporters totally worship at the shrine of the latest polls. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, "Transcript: On Being Wrong," 17 Feb. 2021 What exactly does Kamala Harris worship apart from power? Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Tucker Carlson: Kamala Harris seems like most secular candidate ever to run for national office," 8 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As volunteers swept up the broken glass and turned power washers on the filth that a vandal had spray-painted on the house of worship, Hammed watched the little boy scrub away at the floor — determined not to let hate speech have the last word. Star Tribune, "After an attack on its mosque, Moorhead refused to let hate have the last word," 30 Apr. 2021 With progress in the city’s COVID-19 rates after a spike in March, the United Center’s opening was part of a grander loosening on restrictions throughout the city, including large indoor venues, conventions and places of worship. Jamal Collier, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Bulls will have fans — about 5,875 — for their final 4 regular-season games at the United Center. Here’s how to get tickets.," 29 Apr. 2021 For decades houses of worship had flourished with the American suburb, serving as a focal point of communal life. Ari Lamm, WSJ, "The Prospects of American Religion Have Never Been Higher," 29 Apr. 2021 Attending a full-capacity service at a house of worship. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Biden, CDC ease up on masks," 28 Apr. 2021 Houses of worship can increase to 40% capacity, though Bowser said the government was still encouraging virtual or outdoor services. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Burning Man, motel vaccinations, eviction law help: News from around our 50 states," 28 Apr. 2021 Louie also designed the houses of worship for Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Fairpark neighborhood, St. Therese of the Child in Midvale; and St. Francis Xavier in Kearns — as well as school buildings for other parishes. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s first person of color licensed as an architect designed the soaring roof of St. Ann’s and the imposing State Office Building," 28 Apr. 2021 The federal health officials urged people — even those who are vaccinated — to continue wearing masks in indoor settings like the grocery store or houses of worship as a way to protect others who are not yet vaccinated and to reduce transmission. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "A mask break: Federal health officials say vaccinated people can doff face coverings when outside, away from crowds," 28 Apr. 2021 Salons and houses of worship may operate at full capacity. New York Times, "See Coronavirus Restrictions and Mask Mandates for All 50 States," 27 Apr. 2021

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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

Verb

Middle English worþschipen, worschepen, worshippen "to hold in honor, esteem, show respect for, revere (a deity), conduct religious rites," derivative of wurðscip, worschip "honor, esteem, religious faith, rank, value" — more at worship entry 2

Noun

Middle English wurðscip, worschip "honor, esteem, renown, veneration, religious faith, a person's social standing, rank, value," going back to Old English weorþscipe, wurþscipe "honor, esteem, veneration, dignity," from weorþ, wyrþ, as noun "value" and as adjective "valuable, having status, deserving" + -scipe -ship — more at worth entry 1, worth entry 3

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The first known use of worship was before the 12th century

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2 May 2021

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“Worship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worship. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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