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Definitions of worship

worship (ˈwɜːʃɪp



-ships -shipping -shipped, or (US) -ships -shiping or -shiped
  1. (transitive) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)
  2. (transitive) to be devoted to and full of admiration for
  3. (intransitive) to have or express feelings of profound adoration
  4. (intransitive) to attend services for worship
  5. (transitive) (obsolete) to honour



  1. religious adoration or devotion
  2. the formal expression of religious adoration; rites, prayers, etc
  3. admiring love or devotion
  4. (archaic) dignity or standing

Derived Forms

ˈworshipable  adjective
ˈworshipper, or (US) ˈworshiper  noun

Word Origin

Old English weorthscipe, from worth1 + -ship


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= love, adore, idolize, put on a pedestal

Worship (ˈwɜːʃɪp



  1. (mainly British) preceded by Your, His, or Her a title used to address or refer to a mayor, magistrate, or a person of similar high rank

Translations for 'worship'

  • British English: worship If you worship a god, you show your respect to the god, for example by saying prayers.I enjoy going to church and worshipping God....Jews worshipping at the Wailing Wall.ˈwɜːʃɪp VERB
  • Arabic: يَعَبُدُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: venerar
  • Chinese: 崇拜
  • Croatian: obožavati
  • Czech: uctít uctívat
  • Danish: tilbede
  • Dutch: vereren
  • European Spanish: rendir culto
  • Finnish: palvoa
  • French: vénérer
  • German: anbeten
  • Greek: λατρεύω
  • Italian: venerare
  • Japanese: 礼拝する
  • Korean: 숭배하다
  • Norwegian: tilbe
  • Polish: czcić
  • Portuguese: venerar
  • Romanian: a venera
  • Russian: поклоняться
  • Spanish: rendir culto
  • Swedish: dyrka
  • Thai: บูชา
  • Turkish: ibadet etmek
  • Ukrainian: поклонятися
  • Vietnamese: thờ phụng

Example Sentences Including 'worship'

It did not particularly matter to her that they expected her to worship their god.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
Just a quiet, comfortable place where people could come to relax and meditate... and worship , of course.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets
We opened up the churches, restored them to worship -- you've read of that.
Townsend, Eileen In Love and War


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