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

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 The church hosted a two-plus day worship conference for 325 people starting on Sept. 30. Erin Rode, USA TODAY, "In California: State discourages trick-or-treating; GOP says it may add more ballot drop boxes," 14 Oct. 2020 Then the remnants of an extreme religious sect from Earth, the Mithraic, who worship Sol, find their way to the same planet aboard a spaceship, or ark, called Heaven. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Raised by Wolves squanders early promise with clumsy, bizarre finale," 2 Oct. 2020 The Faizabad court orders the opening of the locks, paving the way for Hindus to access and worship at the site. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A timeline of the Babri-Ayodhya case—from land dispute to criminal conspiracy," 30 Sep. 2020 Up to 50 people are allowed to worship together outside, according to the city's department of health. NBC News, "DOJ calls on San Francisco to end pandemic policy on places of worship," 26 Sep. 2020 An exception will be made for Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish faith, so that a limited number of people can worship in synagogues in person. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Pandemic jobs recovery has lost momentum," 24 Sep. 2020 The story, which began on B1, misstated the date when Vincent Desbieys began to worship in the parking lot of Our Lady of Peace. SFChronicle.com, "Corrections, Sept. 22," 21 Sep. 2020 Association members, who are from different Christian churches, worship together in nondenominational services at the campgrounds and also at their separate churches, Holmes said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Windham religious community mourns loss of helpful member, neighbor and friend who died in fire," 19 Sep. 2020 Synagogues have expanded their videostreaming offerings, including for classes and, in the cases of non-Orthodox synagogues, worship. Uriel Heilman, sun-sentinel.com, "Disrupted by COVID-19, what lies ahead for American Jewry?," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hagee, 80, tested positive for the virus last week — news that his son, lead pastor Matt Hagee, shared with the church’s members at Sunday’s worship services. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Cornerstone Church saying little about Hagee’s COVID diagnosis," 7 Oct. 2020 That reflects an earlier decision by the court keeping in place restrictions on worship services. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court orders reinstatement of witness requirement for mail-in ballots in South Carolina," 6 Oct. 2020 In Sacramento County, that means museums, zoos, movie theaters and indoor worship services can start up again as long as their capacity is limited. Megan Diskin, USA TODAY, "In CA: Newsom gets high approval rating in new poll," 30 Sep. 2020 Ironically, Carter’s church, at the time, didn’t let in Black members while Udall’s Latter-day Saint faith allowed Blacks to join the church and attend worship services. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "LDS presidential candidates: One GOP nomination, one assassination, many attacks for church views — but never a win," 29 Sep. 2020 The positivity rate is still high enough in the area that the church, which suspended worship services starting March 13, is limiting the size of gatherings. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "COVID-19 closed Illinois schools the same week it infected a CPS speech pathologist and her parents. Six months later, she’s planning her father’s funeral.," 28 Sep. 2020 For these congregations, the combination of going virtual and having in-person worship services has been successful, and while its not an ideal substitute, ministries have been reaching out in other ways. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Churches find ways to worship during pandemic," 24 Sep. 2020 Breed is allowing outdoor religious services for 50 people and has said that the city hopes to allow indoor worship services of 25 people by Oct. 1. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "‘We shouldn’t be shut out of church’: Large Catholic demonstration in S.F. demands reopening," 20 Sep. 2020 To keep their members both blessed and safe for Rosh Hashana, which begins at sunset Sept. 18 and celebrates the coming of the year 5781, synagogues in the Hartford area are adjusting their worship services. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Masked shofar, sidewalk prayers and home worship: Jewish congregations adjust High Holy Days to coronavirus mandates," 18 Sep. 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

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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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

16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Worship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worship. Accessed 27 Oct. 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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