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ˈgäd How to pronounce god (audio)
 also  ˈgȯd
plural gods
God : the supreme or ultimate reality: such as
: the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped (as in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism) as creator and ruler of the universe
Throughout the patristic and medieval periods, Christian theologians taught that God created the universe …Jame Schaefer
… the Supreme Being or God, the personal form of the Ultimate Reality, is conceived by Hindus as having various aspects.Sunita Pant Bansal
Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
or less commonly God : a being or object that is worshipped as having more than natural attributes and powers
specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality
Greek gods of love and war
: a person or thing of supreme value
had photos of baseball's gods pinned to his bedroom wall
: a powerful ruler
Hollywood gods that control our movies' fates


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godded; godding

transitive verb

: to treat as a god : idolize, deify

Examples of god in a Sentence

Noun Does she believe in God? I pray to God that no one was seriously injured in the accident. the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt a myth about the god of war an offering for the gods a professor who was regarded as a kind of god a guitar god like Jimi Hendrix See More
Recent Examples on the Web
In Greek mythology, Prometheus was a Titan who stole fire from the Olympian gods and brought it to Earth for humankind. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 For generations, most archaeologists were principally interested in the temple’s epic architecture and the official ornamentation on its walls, which include intricate reliefs of gods and goddesses carved by skilled artisans. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Hawaii’s creation myth says that two gods had a stillborn baby, who was buried and grew into a kalo, or taro, plant. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 27 Aug. 2023 Rebuffed in his attempts to form a family with the other apes, Monkey makes a bid to join the Immortals, the pantheon of gods led by the Jade Emperor (Hoon Lee). David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Aug. 2023 On one side is San, a young woman raised by wolf gods, who despises humanity. Matt Kamen, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, is depicted on a chariot drawn by four hours and ringed by three young Tritons, among other figures. Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2023 Liam Neeson has played Jesuit priests, Jedi masters, Greek gods, German industrialists, revolutionary heroes (Irish and Scottish), iconic sexologists, and megalomaniacal supervillains. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 25 Aug. 2023 Human behavior remains a major factor in the holistic worldview that connects humans, gods and environment, and a return to respectful relationships is the key to a sustainable future. David L. Haberman, Fortune, 15 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German got god

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1595, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of god was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“God.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


 also  ˈgȯd
capitalized : the supreme or almighty reality
especially : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness whom people worship as creator and ruler of the universe
: a being believed to have more than human powers
ancient peoples worshipped many gods
: a physical object (as an image or idol) worshipped as divine
: something held to be the most important thing in existence
make a god of money

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