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Definitions of worship

worship (ˈwɜːʃɪp Pronunciation for worship



-ships, -shipping, -shipped, (US) -ships, -shiping, -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, (US) ˈworshiper noun

Word Origin

Old English weorthscipe, from worth1 + -ship


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= love, adore, idolize, put on a pedestal,

Worship (ˈwɜːʃɪp Pronunciation for Worship



  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: worshipPronunciation for 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: يَعَبُدُPronunciation for يَعَبُدُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: venerarPronunciation for venerar
  • Chinese: 崇拜Pronunciation for 崇拜
  • Croatian: obožavatiPronunciation for obožavati
  • Czech: uctítPronunciation for uctít uctívat
  • Danish: tilbedePronunciation for tilbede
  • Dutch: vererenPronunciation for vereren
  • European Spanish: rendir cultoPronunciation for rendir culto
  • Finnish: palvoaPronunciation for palvoa
  • French: vénérerPronunciation for vénérer
  • German: anbetenPronunciation for anbeten
  • Greek: λατρεύωPronunciation for λατρεύω
  • Italian: venerarePronunciation for venerare
  • Japanese: 礼拝するPronunciation for 礼拝する
  • Korean: 숭배하다Pronunciation for 숭배하다
  • Norwegian: tilbePronunciation for tilbe
  • Polish: czcićPronunciation for czcić
  • Portuguese: venerarPronunciation for venerar
  • Romanian: a venera
  • Russian: поклонятьсяPronunciation for поклоняться
  • Spanish: rendir cultoPronunciation for rendir culto
  • Swedish: dyrkaPronunciation for dyrka
  • Thai: บูชาPronunciation for บูชา
  • Turkish: ibadet etmekPronunciation for ibadet etmek
  • Ukrainian: поклонятися
  • Vietnamese: thờ phụngPronunciation for 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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