[ god ]
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  1. one of several deities, especially a male deity, presiding over some portion of worldly affairs.: Compare goddess (def. 1).

  2. an image of a deity; an idol.

  1. any deified person or object.

  2. a nebulous powerful force imagined to be responsible for one's fate: The god of poker dealt me two aces.

  3. gods, Theater.

    • the upper balcony in a theater.

    • the spectators in this part of the balcony.

verb (used with object),god·ded, god·ding.
  1. to regard or treat as a god; deify; idolize.

Origin of god

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch god, German Gott, Old Norse goth, Gothic guth

Other words from god

  • non·god, noun
  • sem·i·god, noun
  • subgod, noun
  • un·der·god, noun

Words Nearby god

Other definitions for God (2 of 2)

[ god ]

  1. the Supreme Being, worshiped as the creator or ultimate source of the universe.

  2. the Supreme Being according to a particular religion or conception: She called upon Allah, the God of Islam, for help.

  1. the Supreme Being considered with reference to a particular attribute: May the God of mercy comfort you.

  1. (used to express disappointment, disbelief, weariness, frustration, annoyance, or the like): God, do we have to listen to this nonsense?

Origin of God

see origin at god

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How to use god in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for god (1 of 2)


/ (ɡɒd) /

  1. a supernatural being, who is worshipped as the controller of some part of the universe or some aspect of life in the world or is the personification of some force: Related adjective: divine

  2. an image, idol, or symbolic representation of such a deity

  1. any person or thing to which excessive attention is given: money was his god

  2. a man who has qualities regarded as making him superior to other men

  3. (in plural) the gallery of a theatre

Origin of god

Old English god; related to Old Norse goth, Old High German got, Old Irish guth voice

British Dictionary definitions for God (2 of 2)


/ (ɡɒd) /

  1. theol the sole Supreme Being, eternal, spiritual, and transcendent, who is the Creator and ruler of all and is infinite in all attributes; the object of worship in monotheistic religions

  2. play God to behave in an imperious or superior manner

  1. an oath or exclamation used to indicate surprise, annoyance, etc (and in such expressions as My God! or God Almighty!)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with god


In addition to the idioms beginning with god

  • God forbid
  • God knows

also see:

  • act of god
  • for god's sake
  • honest to god
  • lap of the gods
  • mills of gods grind slowly
  • my god
  • put the fear of god in
  • so help me (god)
  • thank god
  • there but for the grace of god
  • tin god

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